Saturday 7 September 2024 and Saturday 14 September 2024

Murder at the Manor

Moonstone Theatre Company - Extra date added

‘Murder at the Manor’ – Join Moonstone Theatre Company to help them solve a mystery, whilst enjoying a fabulous afternoon tea experience, held in Stage Left.

In 1925 an old country house, which had been empty for some time, had been bought by Colonel James Warbuton who had escaped from “the troubles” in Ireland. His home there, Drenagh Castle, had been destroyed by fire and he fled with his wife Adrienne to England. Shortly after arriving in England, Adrienne died and Colonel Warburton spent some time travelling the world. On one of these journeys he met and married Charlotte Baker, an American from New Orleans. In 1928 James returns to the house once more with plans to end his travels and make the house a permanent home for himself and his new bride. What should have been a convivial afternoon soon deteriorates into something of a nightmare as tensions mount and hidden secrets are exposed.

There is a sudden death and one member of the group takes charge of proceedings, seeking to get to the bottom of the afternoon’s events. All the clues are there to lead to the right conclusion, but will they be correctly deduced? The investigator, with the help of the other guests at the dinner party, must get to the truth before the afternoon is out!

Tickets include a delicious afternoon tea served in Stage Left.


Getting to the venue

The easiest way of getting to the venue by public transport is to take the train from Torquay Train Station to Paignton Train Station. It’s just one stop and takes around five minutes. It’s then a 15-minute walk up through the main pedestrianised shopping precinct (Victora Street) and up through Palace Avenue Gardens to the theatre. The last train back is usually around 22:40.

The number 12 bus runs from Torquay harbour and along the seafront to Paignton Bus Station. It’s then a 15-minute walk to the theatre. The last bus back is around 2am in the morning! Find out more from the Stagecoach website.


Stage Left at the Palace Theatre has a step up into the hall, but they have a ramp available for wheelchairs. If you require the ramp, please let the venue know by emailing and they will have it in place for you.
The venue also has accessible toilets.

The venue has created a visual guide on the accessibility section of their website. View it here