About us

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Join us for the ultimate evening of suspense, intrigue and murder. Expect a performance to keep you on the edge of your seat!

THE COMPANY TODAY

Thrilling theatres, hotels and private venues. 

In 2016 Chris was joined in the running of the company by professional actress Sophie Pike and the success of their partnership has since seen the company grow year on year. 

Since its inception the company has performed in over 220 different venues in the West of England, in theatres, hotels and other venues and the number continues to increase. 

One ‘very special’ birthday performance in 2015 saw one of the world’s most famous stars, Dame Judi Dench, playing a cameo role within the murder mystery production.  

CHRIS AND SOPHIE

OUR STORY

Thrilling audiences for over 30 years.

Murder by Appointment was started by Chris Batters on the 2nd June 1992. With his background as an actor and director of many years experience, Chris was approached by a large midlands tour company requesting murder mysteries be staged on the Bodmin Steam Railway. A series of six was initially staged on the moving steam train, the final performance being recorded by the BBC. Following their broadcast of the event, several Cornish hotels contacted Chris, and the company took off!

THE PROTAGONISTS

SOME OF THE VARIED AND INTERESTING VENUES WE HAVE PERFORMED IN:

The Theatre Royal, Plymouth / The Minack Theatre / The Acorn Theatre / Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance / The Jamaica Inn / Dunster Castle / Alverton Manor Hotel, Truro / The Greenbank Falmouth / Housel Bay Hotel, The Lizard / Lands End Hotel  / St Ives Harbour Spa Hotel / Dillington House, Ilminster / Penventon Hotel, Redruth  / & Bodmin Jail to name but a few.

OUR STORY

The longest established murder mystery company in the West of England.

Very soon the company established a reputation for the high quality of its performances and within twelve months of starting out, moved across the Cornish border into Devon, and shortly afterwards into Somerset.

Over the years MBA has made many appearances on both the BBC and ITV as well as foreign television from Sweden, Germany and Norway. They also performed a one hour special with the BBC.