Murder, Margaret and Me is the story of an unlikely friendship between famed actress Margaret Rutherford and world-renowned Queen of Crime Agatha Christie.
What an absolutely brilliant adaptation of the much-loved story The Mousetrap. From the very beginning they had us guessing and wondering who on earth could be behind the London murder.
Towards Zero is a play I wasn’t familiar with if I’m honest, but if it isn’t the best known of Agatha Christie’s works, it does have a reputation as the best of her stage adaptations.
Carolin Stoltz chatted to Emma Clarendon about being part of Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall.
The world’s longest-running stage production The Mousetrap returns to Edinburgh to thrill a whole new audience in this classic murder mystery tale at the Playhouse
‘The Case of the Pink Wellington Boots with the Red Hearts’. Not the kind of title you’d expect to spring from Agatha Christie’s pen – instead, an evening of murder mystery hijinks courtesy of Degrees of Error and their show Murder, She Didn’t Write.
I thank all the theatre I’ve endured that has perhaps made me a better person, but in future I’ll be asking first just how much joy it’s going to bring me, and if I’m perhaps better off elsewhere.
It was a stroke of marketing genius on the part of director Lucy Bailey and her producers to decide to stage one of Agatha Christie’s best-loved court room dramas in something approaching a court room. Setting Witness for the Prosecution within London’s abandoned County Hall becomes as much the grandest ‘immersive’ theatrical experience in London as much as a revival of an old stage thriller.
Everyone loves an Agatha Christie tale. Unlike the films and programmes involving Ms Marple or Poirot that are often repeated on television, Witness For The Prosecution (which is directed by Lucy Bailey) doesn’t have a familiar marquee protagonist at the centre of its narrative.
The news of an extension for the Witness For The Prosecution, until March they say but quite possibly unto the edge of doom, and the fact that Lucy Bailey directed it resolved me to go to a Peak Tourist matinee.
There are no overblown performances or histrionics in The Unexpected Guest, but, instead a pacey and engaging thriller with terrific turns by the entire ensemble.
If you fancy an evening of cutting-edge, experimental, hard-hitting theatre, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want to see a British institution, directed by a British institution, in thoroughly British surroundings, The Unexpected Guest remains a ripping yarn and a jolly entertaining night.
Expertly directed by Brian Blessed, this charming quintessentially British murder mystery is a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.
Dark undercurrents flow beneath the surface of Fiery Angel and the Royal & Derngate, Northampton’s touring production of Love From a Stranger.
Here, Agatha Christie’s and Frank Vosper’s 1936 play is in the assured hands of Lucy Bailey in a production for the Royal & Derngate. Where the play flounders, the production remains enjoyable, stylish, and – surprisingly – manages to avoid the absurd.
The Mousetrap’s 60th anniversary gala arrived on 12 April 2018 with a celebration of the prestige and longevity that all shows dream of.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
A dark new Agatha Christie adaptation has become something of a Christmas tradition, and even though the BBC only started this tradition two years ago with an excellent multi-part interpretation of And Then There Were None, it has fast become an established and much anticipated highlight of the festive schedule.
Witness for the Prosecution will extend its run on London’s South Bank until 16 September 2018. It had previously been booking until 11 March only. Tickets for the new booking period are now on sale.
Having reviewed The Hollow at Stoke Repertory Theatre earlier this year, also care of United National Productions Limited, and thoroughly enjoyed the exceptional staging of one of Agatha Christie’s masterpieces – I anticipated great things from their version of And Then There Were None.
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