Who doesn’t love an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery? Agatha wrote the play Murder on the Nile in 1944, based on her 1937 book Death on the Nile, as she had fallen in love with all things theatrical.
It opened on the west end in 1946.
Her play of “Appointment with Death” opened the year before and the very successful “Mousetrap” would open in the same theatre 6 years later.
The play is based on her 1937 novel Death on the Nile. It opened at Dundee Repertory Theatre under the title Hidden Horizon and eventually in at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End in March 1946.
“Plays are much easier to write than books, because you can see them in your mind’s eye, you are not hampered by all that description which clogs you so terribly in a book and stops you from getting on with what’s happening.” And in a letter to her daughter, Christie said being a playwright was “a lot of fun!”
Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile.
Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder.
Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.
The detective skills of Canon Pennefather will be needed to unearth the killer before they reach the next port.
This is the age old story of boy meets girl – with a wicked twist. Girl introduces boy to best friend and boy then runs off and marries wealthy best friend. Girl exacts revenge by turning up to all the honeymoon destinations and making a nuisance of herself.
photo of a young Agatha Christie
As slick a vehicle as any theatre company could wish for.
Leah D. Frank, New York Times
The characters in Murder on the Nile are as follows.
Steward and head waiter
Helen ffoliot-ffoulkes, an older wealthy dowager
Christina Grant, Helen’s niece
Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn, wealthy young heiress
Simon Mostyn, Kay’s husband
Louise, Kay’s maid
Dr. Bessner, a doctor from a country ruined by Kay’s father
Canon Ambrose Pennefather, Kay’s uncle and guardian
Jacqueline de Severac, Simon’s jilted lover and Kay’s previous best friend