Former EastEnders star recovers after car crash to appear in murder mystery

Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney is set to appear in Agatha Christie

Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney is set to appear in Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announcement at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, after being injured in a car crash

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A FORMER EastEnders star badly injured in a car crash last month will still appear on stage in an Agatha Christie murder mystery in Hertfordshire.

Dean Gaffney, who played hapless Robbie Jackson in the BBC One soap, suffered head injuries following a late-night accident on the A38 in Derbyshire.

After spending time in hospital, he has made a sufficient recovery to appear as originally planned in a production of Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced in Stevenage next week.

The play takes to the stage at the Gordon Craig Theatre from Tuesday, February 12 and runs until Saturday, February 16.

A spokeswoman for the theatre in Lytton Way said: “Dean will not be in Saturday’s performances as he is taking part in an event for Comic Relief but he will be on stage for all the other performances.”

Brought to Stevenage by Ian Dickens Productions International Ltd, A Murder Is Announced also stars former EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix.

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm.”

A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock?

Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.

What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined inspector grimly following the twists and turns and the inimitable Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution in a dramatic confrontation scene just before the final curtain.

The production stars Gemma Bissix, best known for her role as the villainous Clare Devine in Hollyoaks, Katy Manning, the iconic Doctor Who assistant Jo Grant, John D. Collins, who played Flying Officer Fairfax in ‘Allo, ‘Allo, and Geraldine Newman, from Ever Decreasing Circles.

Performances of this new production are nightly at 7.45pm, with matinee performances on the Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £16 to £21.50, with £2 off for concessions.

They are available from the box office on 01438 363200 or can be booked online at the theatre’s website at www.gordon-craig.co.uk

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