Tickets for the gala opening of the new Gianfranco Colocolo mystery series will go on sale this afternoon at one o’clock at the box office of The Burrow Theatre.
The series of mystery dramas by the award-winning author of Murder at the Fishbowl will begin on April 8 with Godwit. The names of the next two plays in the series have yet to be announced. All three will be directed by Jean-Luc Briard and star renowned actress Millicent Hayberry in the rôle of the “chirpy” detective.
The series has been in the works for several years, according to an interview given by Colocolo in Misterio magazine.
“This is my first foray into stage drama, but I’ve been thinking about doing it for some time,” he said.
He also admitted that he wrote the detective rôle with Millicent Hayberry in mind.
“I hoped that presenting her with a fait accompli would help get her on board with the project and I like to think that it did.”
For her part, Hayberry, who is best known for her portrayal of the late author Imogen Aardeekhoorn in both the stage and screen productions of Mixed Nuts, has said that she embraced the rôle because it was out of her comfort zone and she thought it was time to retire her Mixed Nuts image.
“It’s a problem with a huge success like that,” Colocolo said in the magazine interview. “You become identified with one character and the audience refuses to accept you as any other. The same thing happened to me with Fishbowl. I think both Millicent and I have come together at the right time.”
After its gala opening, Godwit will run until the first week of May.