By Sophie Hannah and Annette Armitage

Saturday 15 September, 7pm
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich
£8 (conc £7 / students £6)

The Generalist poster

John Danes, a ‘generalist’ who does all sorts of strange jobs for all kinds of peculiar people, is about to set off to Idlewyld House, former home of the late Harriet Landrigan – the most famous and bestselling romantic novelist the world has ever known – when a strange man knocks on his door. This stranger knows John is expected at Idlewyld House, though he won’t say how he knows. When asked who he is, he says only ‘I am the murderer’, and then he disappears. Arriving at Idlewyld House, John asks if he has been summoned to solve a murder, and is assured that nothing of the sort has happened. Then one of the other guests is found dead at the foot of the stairs…

Join us for an original murder-mystery musical that is suitable for the whole family! Created by Sophie Hannah, the bestselling crime writer and author of the new Hercule Poirot novels, in collaboration with composer Annette Armitage, The Generalist contains an intriguing puzzle and thirteen original songs with brilliantly catchy tunes. The performance will be a staged reading, with songs performed by Scene Zero – a group of talented musical theatre actors from Cambridge – and a singing guest appearance by Sophie Hannah!

Think Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap meets Tim Minchin’s Matilda.

Suitable for ages 7+.

Note: this event is not part of the Noirwich Season Pass.


About Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie’s death, both of which were national and international bestsellers.

Sophie’s novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Website

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