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Rehearsal for Murder

Rehearsal for Murder

Adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooke. From the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link.

Product Code: R36000

  • Full-length Play
  • Melodrama
  • Cast size: 9m., 6w.

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$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $100/perf

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This is a thrilling "theatrical" mystery in which your theatre becomes the set for the play. The playwright turns on the stage work light and prepares for the first reading of his new play. The actors, producer, director and others connected with the show come onto the stage, and under their humorous (and utterly real) theatrical talk, tension grows. We discover that everyone connected with this play was involved with another play by the same playwright. At its opening night, exactly a year ago and in this same theatre, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright's fiancee, was murdered! As these people start with the new play, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold. The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning! The authors of this thriller have all had direct Broadway experience, and their dialogue has a special sting of wit and reality. For the best mystery in years, post a notice on your theatre callboard, "Rehearsal for Murder."


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code R36000
  • Cast Size 15
  • Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min


  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Melodrama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871292797
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This was a very entertaining thriller that left the audiences guessing until the very last minute! We loved it."
Review by Linda Klepac, Village of Libertyville, Libertyville, IL
"A fun and fun-to-watch mystery that is very easy to stage and costume. You need a strong male lead who is able to learn a lot of lines. Our cast did a wonderful job and kept the audience's attention. NO ONE knew until the end who done it!"
Review by Laurie Kirk, Shelby High School, Shelby, OH
"Fabulous! Captivated the audience. The student audience was really looking forward to finding out who did it!"
Review by Meegan Gliner, Academy of the Pacific Rim, Hyde Park, Mass.
"The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations countered by others even more surprising ... to build to a climax highly theatrically stunning."
Review by Tammy Dawson, Bowie Community Theatre, Bowie, Md.
"Fantastic "who-dunnit"! It does just as it describes. "You take the audience by the hand and lead them in the wrong direction. They trust you and you betray them." (Alex, page 36)"
Review by Matthew Smith, N.B. Forrest High School, Jacksonville, Fla.
"A mystery that takes you by the hand and leads you down a path with a wonderful surprise ending."
Review by Vanessa Gelinas, Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.
"An excellent character piece that challenged the actors and thrilled the audience. The fact that we didn't have to build an elaborate set allowed us to focus on the acting and the rhythms of the show. Also, the sound effects CD that was available was great."
Review by Bob King, Irvine High School, Irvine, Calif.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Less is bestÑthe less you use on the stage and the more "suggestive" areas is best. Emphasize the use of lighting as opposed to set pieces."
Tip by Tammy Dawson, Bowie Community Theatre, Bowie, Md.
"We put Monica's study on a moving truck so it rolled forward into our party scene."
Tip by Vanessa Gelinas, Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Showtimers of Roanoke Valley Inc Roanoke Virginia 6/13/2019 6/23/2019
Orchard Park High School Orchard Park New York 11/14/2019 11/16/2019


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