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Agatha Christie

AGATHA CHRISTIE

  (1890 - 1976)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    licensing@agathachristie.com

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE (nee Miller; 15 September 1890  12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Christie

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below is a list of Agatha Christie's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Afternoon At the Seaside         Akhnaton         Alibi         And Then There Were None         Appointment With Death         Black Coffee         Cards On the Table         Chimneys         Daughter's A Daughter, A         Fiddlers Three         Go Back For Murder         Hollow, The         Love From A Stranger         Mousetrap, The         Murder At the Vicarage         Murder Is Announced, A         Murder Is Easy         Murder On the Nile         Mysterious Affair At Styles         Patient, The         Peril At End House         Rats, The         Secret Adversary, The         Spider's Web         Tea For Three         Ten Little Niggers         Towards Zero         Unexpected Guest, The         Verdict         Witness For the Prosecution



Afternoon At the Seaside

Afternoon At the Seaside
Owners of three beach huts are placidly enjoying the seaside when a police inspector arrives searching for a necklace

Notes:
Part of "Rule of Three"

1st Produced:
Aberdeen, Scotland    1962

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd. London   978-0573020049

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Genre:
One act Drama

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Akhnaton

Akhnaton
the exploits of Pharaoh akhnaton and his wife Nefertiti and his successor Tutankhaton - who took the name Tutankhamen when he succeeded. akhnaton tries to subvert the old religion and turn the people from the God amon and worship the new Sun God aton

Notes:
Written in 1937 but never staged. Christie revised the script before publication in 1973

1st Produced:
a cut down version played in New York in 1979 under the title "akhnaton and Nefertiti" and in London in 1980 as "akhnaton"    1979

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Collins, London    978-0002110389

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Alibi

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Michael Morton

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None
Ten people of a remote island. a mysterious voice indicts each of them with murder; then first one and then another dies. the killer must be one of the ten.

Notes:
Original title "Ten Little Niggers" which was later changed to "Ten Little Indians". Based on the novel (with the changing title) by Agatha Christie. ending changed from novel to A happy one. Novel Also Adapted for stage by Kevin elyot

1st Produced:
Wimbeldon Theatre, London    1943

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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London, 1944   978-0573014413

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Appointment With Death

Appointment With Death
1945, the King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem. there are an assortment of guests - a young english woman doctor, an alderman from Lancashire, Lady Westholme and her timid companion. also staying is the rich, elderly invalid from America - Mrs Boynton and her step children. the step children seem to be very attentive but one of them has an appointment - an appointment with death

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1st Produced:
Glasgow, then Piccadilly Theatre, London    29 Jan 1945

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London   978-0573110191

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Genre:
Sensational Drama

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  7            Other:  extras

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Black Coffee

Black Coffee
Lucia, wife of Sir Claude amory's son Richard, Dr Carelli and Barbara are all having coffee when Sir Claude announces that a new explosive formula has been stolen from his safe and that he has sent for Hercule Poirot. To enable the thief to replace the formula he orders the lights to be turned out but when they are switched on again and as Poirot enters, Sir Claude is found poisoned. Poirot sets about his investigation, foils the murderer in a second attempt and cleverly tricks him into betraying himself.

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1st Produced:
London    11300

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1st Published:
ashley, London 1934   978-0573618857

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Mystery

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Cards On the Table

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Leslie Dabron

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Chimneys

Synopsis:
Written in 1931 and withdrawn from its first production in London just weeks before opening. a curious mixture of John Buchan, the Prisoner of Zenda and a Christie country-house whodunit at its clanking worst. Joyce McMillan, ScotsMan

Notes:
UK premier of A play written in 1931 - previously performed in Calgary, Alberta in 2003

1st Produced:
Pitlochry    01 Jun 2006

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Daughter's A Daughter, A

Synopsis:
a fascinating, psychological portrayal of widowed ann Prentice (and her only daughter Sarah and how their intense relationship unravels. the action takes place at first in 1945 when Sarah returns home from aTS service only to find her mother's new man, Richard Caulfield, firmly established with her mother and ready to marry her the following Tuesday. However, single-minded Sarah doesn't like change and she quickly drives a wedge between the couple. the incessant rows are too much and ann finally gives up Richard, because, after all, 'a daughter's a daughter'. the second half takes us to three years later and both mother and daughter are leading frivolous lives, fuelled by a significant amount of cocktails and some unsavoury male company. Neither are happy, and, when Sarah asks her mother's advice on whether to marry the seductive but threatening Lawrence Steene, it's plain that ann can neither engage nor care, with old resentments still festering. Sacha Voit, British theatre Guild

Notes:
Written As A play in the 1930s (under the pen name of Mary Westmacott) which she then turned into A novel. It was revised by Christie for the Bath premier

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Bath    09 Jul 1956

Organisations:
Smith and Whiley Productions

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-   -

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Drama

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Fiddlers Three

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Originally entitled "Fiddlers Five" And retitled when it was revised

1st Produced:
Kings Theatre, Southsea    Jun 1971

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Go Back For Murder

Synopsis:
Caroline Crale was sent to prison for poisoning her husband the painter amyas. Fifteen years later she dies in prison. Her daughter Carla now living in Canada and unaware of what had happened to her parents receives a letter from her mother claiming that she was innocent. Carla travels to england to find the truth. With the help of Justin Fogg who as a young man had a thing for Caroline she gathers all those involved with her parents to find out what they knew

Notes:
Based on the novel "Five Little Pigs" by Agatha Christie

1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1960

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd 1960   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Hollow, The

Hollow, The
a weekend at a country house. amongst the guests is Dr John Cristow, his wife, his current and ex mistresses. Veronica, the current mistress wants to marry Cristow - but he refuses to divorce his wife. Veronica says that if she cannot have him no one can. Five minutes later Cristow is dead

Notes:
from her own novel. Wearing, 51.128, gives 1st performance Cambridge, 1951

1st Produced:
Cambridge    1951

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd 1952   978-0573011825

Music:
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Love From A Stranger

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Louise Paige
novel adapted for stage by Frank Vosper

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Mousetrap, The

Mousetrap, The
the ???? did it. . .

Notes:
there was A radio version broadcast in 1952 before the play was staged

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Nottingham    06 Oct 1952

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London 1956   978-0573015229

Music:
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Murder At the Vicarage

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Moie Charles
novel adapted for stage by Leslie Dabron
novel adapted for stage by Barbara Toy

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Murder Is Announced, A

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Leslie Dabron

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Murder Is Easy

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Clive exton

Notes:
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-    -

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Murder On the Nile

Murder On the Nile
Simon and Kay Mostyn are honeymooning on the Nile. Simon's ex-girlfriend is also on board the cruiser. She shoots Simon and wounds him. Moments later Kay is found dead

Notes:
Based on the novel "Death On the Nile" by Agatha Christie. the play was originally entitled "Hidden Horizon"

1st Produced:
the Repertory Theatre, Dundee    17 Jan 1944

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1946   978-0573012983

Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Mysterious Affair At Styles

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
novel Adapted for stage by David Hansen

1st Produced:
-    2012

Organisations:
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-   -

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Genre:
Mystery

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Patient, The

Synopsis:
When Mrs Wingfield fell over the balcony was it an accident, a suicide attempt or attempted murder? Mrs Wingfield is unable to speak but her doctor has an ingenious idea of how to get to the truth

Notes:
Part of "Rule of Three"

1st Produced:
aberdeen, Scotland    1962

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1963   -

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Genre:
One act Mystery

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Peril At End House

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by arnold Ridley

Notes:
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-    -

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Rats, The

Rats, The
David and his lover Sandra arrive at a flat for a party - but there is no party. their friend alec arrives. He shows them a Kurdish knife, they handle it and alec drops it out of the window. alec leaves and locks them in the flat. then they discover the body of Sandra's husband. they realise that they are being framed for his murder by alec who was secretly in love with him and blames them for his death

Notes:
Part of "Rule of Three"

1st Produced:
aberdeen, Scotland    1962

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1963   978-0573022234

Music:
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Genre:
One act Mystery. - - Gay theme/character, one act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Secret Adversary, The

Synopsis:
novel adapted for stage by Johann Hari
novel adapted for stage by Sarah Punshon

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Spider's Web

Spider's Web
Clarissa discovers a body in her drawing room. This is awkward because her husband is expected home shortly with a VIP guest. Clarissa believes that the murderer is her step daughter - anyway she sets about clearing up the murder and has it all solved and out of the way by the time her husband and guest arrive

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Nottingham    19994

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1957   978-0573014272

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Genre:
Mystery

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Tea For Three

Synopsis:
short story accident adapted for stage by Margery Vosper

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Ten Little Niggers

Synopsis:
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Notes:
from her own novel. As Ten Little Indians, NY, 1944. See "and then there Were None"

1st Produced:
Wimbledon, London    1943

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1944; Samuel French, NY, 1946   -

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Towards Zero

Synopsis:
the scene is a house-party of a lovely old house on the coast of Cornwall. Lady Tressilian has invited as guests Kay and Nevile Strange, and Audrey, Nevile's former wife, whom Nevile deserted for the beautiful, glamorous Kay. also on hand, among others, is Mary aldin, Lady Tressilian's companion-secretary, a quiet, efficient and rather mysterious young woman. Nevile hoped that Kay and Audrey, by being together, would become friends, but that plan quickly goes awry and he finds himself between two women who appear to dislike one another intensely. after a short time in Audrey's company, Nevile asks Kay for a divorce; he wants to marry Audrey again. Kay is furious and tells Nevile that she'll see them both dead before she'll allow him to go back to Audrey. the next morning Mary has apparently taken a sleeping pill and can't be wakened-Audrey goes in to attend to Lady Tressilian and to her horror, finds she has been murdered. at first the police are inclined to believe that Nevile is the murderer-but the evidenc

Notes:
adapted by Agatha Christie And Gerald Verner from Agatha Christie's book Towards Zero

1st Produced:
Nottingham: Theatre Royal    06 Aug 1956

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1957   -

Music:
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adaptation

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Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 56.184

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Unexpected Guest, The

Unexpected Guest, The
Michael Starkwedder walks into Richard Warwick's study and finds him dead - Richard's wife, Laura is there holding a gun. However, the police suspect Julian Farrar, Laura's lover of the crime. then Richard's half brother confesses and kills himself. But did he really do it?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the Hippodrome, Bristol    04 Aug 1958

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1958   978-0573014673

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Genre:
Mystery

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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Verdict

Synopsis:
Karl and his wife anya are refugees and they arrive in england. they are looked after by Lisa at her house. Karl gives lessons to earn money and one pupil Helen falls in love with him. When her love is not returned she murders anya. as she still cannot have Karl Helen kills herself. Karl and Lisa turn to each other

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Wolverhampton: Grand    21240

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1958   -

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 58.119

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Witness For the Prosecution

Witness For the Prosecution
Leonard Vole is on trial there is a lot of circumstantial evidence against him and he claims he is innocent of the murder charge. His wife contradicts his alibi. then his defence council is given letters that prove the wife has lied and Vole is acquitted. But the whole thing has been engineered by Mrs Vole

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Nottingham: Theatre Royal    19630

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1954   978-0573015007

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-

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Genre:
Mystery

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  4            Other:  15 extras male; 2 extras female

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