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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve decided to freeze the prices of all our private events at their 2021 rates until at least the end of 2022. More good news: this applies to the date of the booking, rather than the date of the event, so you can book as far ahead as you like and still be guaranteed 2021 rates! Just our way of thanking our brilliant clients and audiences.

2020: Champagne Offer

When we set up Smoke & Mirrors seven years ago, we honestly didn’t know whether it would work. We thought we had a good idea, but the murder mystery market was already saturated, and a “good idea” has to survive contact with reality. In other words, we needed people to actually book us.

In 2013, we only did eight events. But the next year, we did 34. Then, in 2015, we did 90. And now our 600th event is imminent. A lot of those have been repeat-bookings, or new bookings from word-of-mouth recommendations, so as a thank you, we’re launching this offer …

If you’ve previously booked or attended one of our events and someone you know books us as a result of your recommendation, we’ll send you a bottle of champagne and automatically give them a £50 discount. You can even book us again yourself and get both!

Happy New Year

Alex & Sue

New Plots Announced

We love coming up with new murder mystery plots, so we’re indulging ourselves by announcing four! “Seven Deadly Gins” and “Larry Trotter” are now in the repertoire and ready to be booked; “The Nile-High Club” and “Hook, Crime & Tinker” will be joining them very soon.

  • “Seven Deadly Gins” – when gin tasting goes badly wrong

  • “Larry Trotter’s Murderous Parody” – wands at the ready

  • “The Nile-High Club” – a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt

  • “Hook, Crime & Tinker” – Peter and Wendy as never before

Murder a Gin?

We’re delighted to announce that you can now book your very own Smoke & Mirrors Gin Tasting as a prologue to any of our murder mystery events! Perfect for hen parties, birthdays, teambuilding events – perfect, in fact, for anyone and everyone who loves gin!

Public Events 2020

Tickets for our next public murder mystery evenings are now on sale, or will be very shortly, and are available via the venues hosting them. Full details can be found on our public events page, and we look forward to seeing you before too long!

  • Sat 31 Oct: “Seven Deadly Gins”, Northants – COMING SOON

Private Events 2020: DATES BOOKING FAST!!

We’re delighted to say that we already have more than 50 private & public events booked for 2020, and dates are already being taken for 2021.

Even though we do up to three separate events per night, this means we’re now fully booked on a number of dates, and many others are filling up quickly. The most popular night for an event is obviously a Saturday, but we work seven days a week, so the choice is entirely yours. All we’d say is that, if you’re planning an event for 2020, please get in touch sooner rather than later!

Celebrations at HQ

The champers is being uncorked at Smoke & Mirrors HQ this evening, as we’ve just heard that we’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 Global Entertainment Award. Thanks to all those who’ve made this happen: our brilliant actors and our even more brilliant audiences.

UPDATE: More Champers Required – We Won!


Champagne celebrations

News archive: previous events & features (2013-19) 

Halloween Thrillers: thank you for joining us!!

Thank you so much to our two brilliant “Bell, Book & Scandal” audiences who graced Miskin Manor and the Regency Park Hotel for our Halloween events on Oct 28 & 29! We hope we entertained you, because you certainly entertained us (more photos can be seen on our Facebook page). Huge thanks also to both venues for their excellent hospitality. We’d love to be back at both, so do keep an eye out for future plans!

Bell, Book & Scandal at Miskin Manor Hotel

“Malice Through the Looking Glass”: Wilton Windmill 2016

Our fourth annual jaunt to Wilton Windmill was the best yet: the Weather Gods delivered sunshine and perfect temperatures; and the wonderful audience of 110 really helped to make this a classic Smoke & Mirrors evening.

Congratulations to Abi for winning the chocolates (for being the control subject in the White Queen’s pregnancy test); to “the other Alice” for bagging the Rioja for best-dressed guest (a hotly contested field); and to Claire and her girls (below, with the White Queen) for making off with the champagne, courtesy of their amazingly accurate sleuthing!!

Thanks as ever to Lee Booth for his peerless hog roast, and to all the Windmill volunteers, without whom none of this would ever be possible.

Enjoy the photos on our Facebook page, and do please share any others if you have them! We hope to be back at Wilton in 2017: you’ll be the first to hear our plans!!

The White Queen and the champagne winners at Wilton Windmill

“Royal Blood” @ Tollgate Inn, Wiltshire: SOLD OUT!!

The first public outing of our brand new plot was a sell-out success at the Tollgate Inn in Wiltshire on Friday 20 May. Thanks as ever to Mark & Laura for their brilliant hospitality; to our fabulous audience for being such fun; and to Naomi & Angharad for winning the champers!! We hope to be back at the Tollgate before too long – meanwhile, do come and see us again!

“Malice Through the Looking Glass” @ Royal Oak, Cheltenham: SOLD OUT!!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to the first ever outing of “Malice Through the Looking Glass” in our annual Christmas Special at the Royal Oak. Thanks as ever to Kate and her brilliant team for looking after a sell-out audience, and to the Cotswold Farm Park for providing such a hilarious group booking! The perfect way to celebrate not only the festive season, but also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first ever “Alice” novel!

“Malice in Wonderland” @ The Watermill Theatre: SOLD OUT!!

Our two nights presenting “Malice in Wonderland” as a very special festive extravaganza at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury were a complete delight. Huge thanks to Carole-AnneClem and their brilliant teams for all their support and brilliance; and to our two sell-out audiences for entertaining us as much as we (hopefully) entertained them. We’re very much hoping to be back at The Watermill before too long!

“A Turn for the Nurse” @ The Forge, East Sussex

Many thanks to our fabulous audience and hosts for the very first outing of “A Turn for the Nurse” at The Forge in Halland, East Sussex. Special congratulations to Mike Tarrier and his team for making off with the champagne; and to Aru and Manny for making the whole event possible. We hope to be back at The Forge in 2016!!

“Swine of Passion” @ Wilton Windmill: SOLD OUT!!

Thank you very much to our amazing audience for last night’s event at Wilton Windmill – do hope you had as much fun as we did, and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces from last year and 2013! Congratulations to the Agatha Christie Team for walking away with the champagne; thanks as ever to Wilton and their volunteers for hosting the event and keeping the bar busy; and to Lee Booth for another exceptional hogroast. Thanks also to those who have already emailed, shared photos, and “liked” us on Facebook – always hugely appreciated! Look forward to seeing you all at another event before too long.

“Bell, Book & Scandal” @ Tollgate Inn: SOLD OUT!!

“Bell, Book & Scandal” at the Tollgate Inn was a fantastic evening. Many thanks to our superb audience, and to Mark and his team for their hospitality. We hope to be back at the Tollgate later in the year, and will of course post all information here. If you’d like to be kept up to speed on future events, just drop us an email and we’ll put you on our mailing list: Meanwhile, well done to Becky & Taggart for their expert sleuthing. Lovely to see returning guests!

“Malice in Wonderland” @ Royal Oak, Cheltenham: SOLD OUT!!

Thank you so much to our brilliant Christmas audience for making the last “Malice” of 2014 such a fantastic evening. It really was a festive celebration unlike any other. Well done to Ruth and her table of expert sleuths, and thanks to Kate and her wonderful staff for looking after us. We’ll shortly be discussing 2015 dates with both the Royal Oak and the Gloucester Old Spot, so do come and see us next time we’re in Cheltenham! Happy Christmas from Smoke & Mirrors!

“Chapter & Curse” @ Royal Oak, Cheltenham: SOLD OUT!!

Our Halloween murder mystery at the Royal Oak in Cheltenham is now completely sold out!! 

“Malice in Wonderland” @ Wilton Windmill

A beautiful evening and a cracking audience made this year’s “Murder at the Mill” an absolute delight. Thanks very much to all those who came, and well done to Lauren Robinson for winning the champagne. Plans for next year are already underway. Do come and see us again!

Private party promotion: luxury Stratford spa apartments

Smoke & Mirrors are delighted to recommend the Welcombe Hotel & Spa in Stratford-upon-Avon as the perfect venue for one of our murder mysteries. This gorgeous hotel has seven luxury spa apartments, which are part of an exceptional private party package. You can treat yourself to: an overnight stay, full English breakfast, buffet lunch, three-course dinner, full use of the leisure facilities, and an individual spa treatment! It’s an unbeatable offer from an outstanding hotel. All that’s missing is a riotous murder mystery – add that to the package and you’re guaranteed a night to remember!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party @ Burford Garden Company: SOLD OUT!!

On Saturday 1 February, Smoke & Mirrors are bringing their own particular brand of colourful mayhem to a very special event. Burford Garden Company will be welcoming the 2012 Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite and former Bond girl & Strictly Come Dancing star Fiona Fullerton to a magical recreation of literature’s craziest tea party. Smoke & Mirrors will be there as Lewis Caroll’s most famous characters. For video highlights, courtesy of Burford, please click here.

A new plot to end 2013

Take one elite sports science company. Add several hundred under-performing athletes and three-dozen out-of-shape celebrities. Mix in an unscrupulous biochemist, a Daily Mail journalist, and two thousand doses of a dodgy Viagra-substitute. Result? Performances that are out of this world, and a scandal that’s out of control. Stiff Competition has just been unveiled for a corporate audience at London’s brilliant Abbey Bar and is now available for general bookings! Click here for video highlights!

Introducing our new murder mystery: a scandalous Christmas Special!!

Just in time for the festive season comes our first foray into the world of adult panto, so make room in your diary for Sinderella’s Arabian Knights. Our brand new murder mystery event is the perfect winter treat – a glorious romp for (almost) all the family played out by a full cast of brilliant professional actors in a venue of your choice!!

“Ghost from a Perfect Place” @ Wilton Windmill: SOLD OUT!!

Our sold out event at Wilton Windmill in June was a riotous success thanks to our fabulous audience! Enjoy the video highlights and look out for details of our 2014 Wilton event!!

"Malice in Wonderland" @ RAF Benson’s Summer Ball 

Lewis Carroll’s unforgettable characters brought to life by Smoke & Mirrors. Cue 450 men in uniform, all-night celebrations, and Dave Dobbs trying to convince everyone he’s the Queen of Hearts. This is the summer party no one wants to miss …

"Back with a Vengeance" @ Cowley Manor, Cheltenham

An unscrupulous psychic, a vengeful spirit, and a misdirected invitation to a Tarts & Vicars party. Add to that exclusive use of a stunning venue on a beautiful summer’s evening and one of the best audiences imaginable, and it’s a perfect night of murder and mayhem. Enjoy the video highlights (be warned: this is one of our more raucous events!) and grateful thanks to Cowley ManorDanone, and Concerto Live.

"Ghost from a Perfect Place" @ Wilton Windmill: SOLD OUT!!

Our next public event, a spectacular haunted murder mystery at Wilton Windmill in Wiltshire, is now sold out. However, we’re already making plans to return to Wilton before too long. For more information, or to join to waiting list for June 8, please call 07775 797859. And listen out for us on BBC Radio Wiltshire talking about the event from 2.45pm tomorrow (Monday, June 3)!

Brand new property!!

Smoke & Mirrors are delighted to announce that we have just teamed up with North Cadbury Court – one of the most stunning houses in the South West of England. We are now North Cadbury's "in-house" murder mystery company, and have created a brand new plot especially for this unforgettable venue. A Study in Fuchsia is a blackly comic, Sherlock Holmes-inspired thriller of the highest quality. If a wicked blend of farce, horror, and satire is what you need to enliven a luxury weekend away, this is just the thing!