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Fawlty Towers Themed Murder Mystery

Murder in the Grotto!

Christmas is well on its way and the Regent hotel is full of festive cheer.

In the hotel lobby Santa is in his grotto, packing up for the night and consuming his complimentary festive snack, and everything seems right with the world.

But it doesn’t last.

The peace and silence of the hotel is broken abruptly when one of the waiting staff returns screaming and announces loudly to all that SANTA IS DEAD!

(This is a Fawlty Towers theme)

Skit and Clue Murder Mystery

Murder in the Grotto!

From: £149.99

(2 customer reviews)

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Whats in the pack

How do these games kits work?

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

Introducing the suspects

Detective Inspector I. B. Clueless – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Ian Buchanan Clueless has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Mr John Dove – Hotel Manager
Tall and melodramatic, John Dove is energetic and always mixed up in hotel business. He is dominated by his wife Phyllis, and is always saying “Yes dear” to everything she says, but doing his own thing anyway behind her back. He usually wears a suit at work, although his appearance is often dishevelled, something Phyllis is usually correcting!

Mrs Phyllis Dove – Manageress and John’s wife.
Efficient, precise and domineering, Phyllis is a force to be reckoned with. She runs a tight ship, bossing around all her staff and her husband. She is usually in a smart dress with her hair, if long, in a tight bun.

Cathy Hunt – Waitress
Cathy Hunt is a hardworking waitress in the hotel. She has a kind word to say about everyone and tries her best to help where ever possible. She is always wearing an apron and has her hair (if long) tied back. She is a hard worker and is always bustling about and apologising for any mistakes. She is run ragged by the Doves who often give her conflicting instructions, and usually ends up doing whatever Mrs Dove says.

Peter Jones – Waiter
In full waiting attire Peter Jones works hard every day at the hotel serving customers. He appears accident prone, but only where the Major is concerned as he is often tipping soup down the Major’s clothes.

Major Neville Devizes– Long term hotel resident.
Elderly and awkward, Major Devizes has a charm all of his own, especially where ladies are concerned. He is usually dressed in a suit, and sports a moustache and glasses, speaking with a hoarse voice.

Prudence Dillon – Long term hotel resident
In floating and out of fashion dress and with a small Yorkshire terrier (or stuffed toy dog) always at her side, Prudence Dillon is a force to be reckoned with.

2 reviews for Murder in the Grotto!

    Happy Customer
    February 2, 2023
    Another great evening spent with a Red Herring Game. We enjoyed our first Christmas meal of the season and had some very interesting discussions on possible murderers & motives! Lots of fun swapping (& hiding) clues with other teams - once again a really good atmosphere amongst the group.
    Happy Customer
    February 2, 2023
    Being a first-timer to murder mysteries I wasn't very clued up on what to do, however the game was very well written and laid out so i soon found myself in the swing of things!! The clues where superb and it was great fun finding out new ones and swapping information with the other groups. The night was a great success! Thank you!!
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Need something bespoke?

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.


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