Calling all super sleuths – can you work out whodunnit at a murder mystery night? Enjoy dinner while indulging your inner Marple or Poirot, at Shire Hall Historic Court House Museum on Friday 17 January.  There has been murder in the bunker – but can you work out who, how – and why?

‘Murder in the Bunker’ is a new joint project between Shire Hall Historic Court House Museum and Dorchester Arts, with proceeds from the night going to support both charities. Join us for drinks, before a tour of in the old cells, courtroom and Cold War bunker in the museum on High West Street, Dorchester reveals something unexpected in the cupboard….

Paying homage to the 1950s and the writings of Agatha Christie, ‘Murder in the Bunker’ has been created by Dorset playwrights Vince Jones and James Cuthill. Vince said: “It’s a murder mystery night with a Dorchester twist! It’s set against the backdrop of an annual meeting of the Dorchester Preservation Society – they are trying to protect the county town from development after the Second World War. The keynote speaker is a local property developer who wants to develop the town with a bypass and estates, and he has his eyes on the water meadows to the north of the town. We have tried to give it a modern feel as the themes are still relevant today.

“Then during the evening, a murder occurs, and Inspector Bradshaw comes in to interview the suspects, and after dinner he will pronounce his verdict and the audience can guess who did the dastardly deed too.”

In a real-life twist of fate, Inspector Bradshaw is played by Al Jenkins, who was before he retired, a police inspector!

Those attending are being encouraged to dress in 1950s inspired outfits to create the right atmosphere, and after dinner can guess whodunnit for a chance to win a prize.

Tickets are £20 to include a welcome drink and a light dinner and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am – 4pm) or via

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