Solve The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps at Abergavenny Borough Theatre

The celebrated, writer, broadcaster and BBC 6 Music ‘Poet in Residence’ broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young is bringing his hilarious family show The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps to Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre on Saturday 9 November.

The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps is a theatrical treat for lovers of Harry Potter, Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and Brothers Grimm. Taking the form of a funny and wildly entertaining show, Lachlan Young uses music, inventive costume, quirky staging and the invaluable support of fellow performer Joe Allen to tell the spell-binding story of the show’s young hero, Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps.

Like many great characters of children’s fiction, Crispin is an orphan. Following a classic and dramatic case of parental death, the poor seven-year-old finds himself at a windswept double funeral. On the bright side, he is also the sole inheritor of Raddlesham Mumps, his magnificent ancestral home. Left alone in the huge house, with only Kenilworth the sinister butler for company, events take an amusingly gothic turn. The butler begins to regale Crispin with tales of the bizarre and often hilarious deaths of his deeply eccentric ancestors, and the story takes flight on darkly comic wings.

Mixing compelling storytelling with a brilliant musical score, the show has oodles of theatricality and shed loads of silliness. 

  • Tickets are priced at £8.50 Family Ticket £32 and are available from the theatre’s box office 01873 850805 and/or the website

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