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.
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“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!”
ABOUT THE PLAY
Love, revenge, money, an exotic locale – these are the ingredients of a gripping and very funny murder mystery from the incomparable Agatha Christie. Set in the elegant 1930s, this is the age-old story of boy meets girl – with a wicked twist. Beautifully costumed, and with a haunting soundscape of lapping waves, the sounds of the desert, the call of the muezzin and the occasional gunshot, this production will be a feast for the senses.
Simon and Kay Mostyn, the beautiful young heiress, are on their honeymoon through the exotic Far East and Egypt, after a whirlwind romance. Boarding the luxury steamer “Lotus”, they hope to have outwitted the jilted Jacqueline who has haunted their every move.
An unexpected shot (or two) in the dark changes everything and everyone seems to have a connection and a motive. Is it a coincidence that Kay’s guardian Canon Pennefather is also on the cruise? He will need all his detective skills to unmask the killer. Or is he in the perfect place to deflect suspicion onto someone else? What about the young socialist Mr Smith with his grudge against the wealthy? Dr Bessner tries to hide his own concerns and is perhaps too ready to silence others with his hypodermic syringe. What is certain is that not everyone will reach the destination.
Featuring Marigold Pazar as Kay Mostyn, Paul Predny as Simon Mostyn, Belinda Hodgson as Jacqueline de Severac, David Gubbay as Canon Pennefather, David Gray as Dr Bessner, Helen Comber as Miss ffoliott-ffoulkes, Megan Connelly as Christina Grant, Liam McKenna as William Smith, Nahana Hussain as Louise, and Noel Grivas as the Steward.
Assistant Director: Brayden Porter
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