Agatha Christie News

Date Of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date Of Death:
January 12, 1976 (85)
Birth Place:
Torquay, ENGLAND
by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita - Aug 17, 2014

Fans of Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, can content themselves with the remaining three new episodes of David Suchet's career-capping portrayal, now being streamed by AcornTV. ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER, the 90 minute reworking of Christie's 1972 novel (here more successfully set in 1938), features Poirot and his irritating friend, crime write Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker) in an adaptation that remains long on incredible plot (the chestnut of twins and unrecognized identity) but finds its success in nuanced, layered performances. This episode includes sufficient red herrings to divert the casual Christie viewer, but there are fewer superfluous characters. This tighter core of suspects renders the still-complex intersecting plotlines easier to follow and savor than some previous outings. SPOILER ALERT: Pay attention to Dr. Willoughby's research on twins as a key to the original murder, and to secretary Marie McDermott's bland disregard for St. Patrick in solving the second. (more...)

Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Comes to Lakewood Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the OPENING SHOW of our 76th SEASON: 'AND THEN THERE WERE NONE' by Agatha Christie (Based on her famous Mystery 'TEN LITTLE INDIANS'. (more...)

FringeNYC Adds Performances of CHEMISTRY, THE FLOOD and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

By popular demand (and venue availability), the 18th annual The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, announces additional performances for 5 of its sold out shows. (more...)

HARRY POTTER's Georgina Leonidas to Star in BLACK COFFEE at the Wyvern Theatre This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Georgina Leonidas, who portrayed Katie Bell in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2, will star in Agatha Christie's Black Coffee at the Wyvern Theatre this September. Ahead of her performances in Swindon, the actress made a visit to Wiltshire and one of the iconic Harry Potter film locations, Lacock Abbey. (more...)

Jason Durr to Star as Poirot in BLACK COFFEE Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2014

Heartbeat's Jason Durr stars as Agatha Christie character, Hercule Poirot, in Black Coffee at New Victoria Theatre, starting August 14. Joining Durr is Harry Potter actress Georgina Leonidas, Not Going Out's Deborah Grand, and Coronation Street's Oliver Mellor, Peak Practice's Gary Mavers, and Soldier Soldier's Ben Nealon. (more...)

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Complete '80's Series Heads to DVD 8/26
by Movies News Desk - Aug 06, 2014

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of The Twilight Zone: The Complete '80s Series, available on DVD August 26, 2014, at an SRP of $59.98. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at David Suchet, John O'May, George Spartels and More in Highlights of THE LAST CONFESSION
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 06, 2014

Internationally acclaimed British actor David Suchet will reprise his role on stage in the conspiracy thriller, 'THE LAST CONFESSION', in Australia in 2014. The international production will play in Toronto and Los Angeles before arriving in Australia in August. Seasons in Perth and Brisbane were announced late last year and now dates have been confirmed for seasons at Adelaide's Her Majesty's Theatre from August 27 and Melbourne's Comedy Theatre from September 3. Tickets on sale from Friday February 7. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at David Suchet, John O'May and More in THE LAST CONFESSION
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2014

Internationally acclaimed British actor David Suchet will reprise his role on stage in the conspiracy thriller, 'THE LAST CONFESSION', in Australia in 2014. The international production will play in Toronto and Los Angeles before arriving in Australia in August. Seasons in Perth and Brisbane were announced late last year and now dates have been confirmed for seasons at Adelaide's Her Majesty's Theatre from August 27 and Melbourne's Comedy Theatre from September 3. Tickets on sale from Friday February 7. Check out the photos below! (more...)

by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita - Aug 05, 2014

While not accompanied by his mainstay companions of many episodes (Capt. Hastings, Inspector Japp, Miss Lemon), this plot intertwines Poirot's likewise eccentric and charmingly maddening friend, crime writer Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker). They inhabit a complex plot beset by double meanings and double identities, aided by strong production values including superb period costumes and a fabulous location: Christie's own Greenway Estate. Viewers familiar with Christie plot elements and ruses will probably catch on quickly to suspicious behaviors that scream: 'look at me, I'm a clue', but they are likely to catch novices unawares. Identifying the villain is probably easier than identifying the Motive here, and folly, whether of character or architecture, is an important theme. SPOILER ALERT: Eyes should be fixed on Sir George Stubbs (Sean Pertwee), whose hail-fellow-well-met demeanor is a thin veneer over a core of wickedness. (more...)

Dorset Theatre Festival to Present Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP, 8/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

Dorset Theatre Festival will present The Mousetrap, Dame Agatha Christie's masterpiece of mayhem and mystery, from August 14th through the 30th at the Dorset Playhouse. The Mousetrap, in addition to being one of Christie's most famous works, has the distinction of being the world's longest continually running play. The original production, at London's Ambassador Hotel, has been running continuously since 1952! (more...)

Agatha Christie's Final Three POIROT Mysteries Only on Acorn TV
by TV News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

Called “One of the great TV achievements—and great TV performances—of the past 30 years” (The Telegraph), Agatha Christie's Poirot, led by fan favorite David Suchet,remains one of the most beloved television series of all time. As the premier streaming service for British TV in North America, Acorn TV is excited to have the exclusive broadcast rights to Agatha Christie's Poirot's final three feature-length mysteries, including Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. (more...)

First Stage Adaptation of Thriller Novelist Peter James Premieres in Canterbury at the Marlowe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

The first stage adaptation of the work of international best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James comes to Canterbury next month. With its darkly comic and thrilling storyline, The Perfect Murder was a success on the first leg of its tour earlier this year. Now set for an extended run, which opens at The Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday 2 September, it has been recast and stars Robert Daws and Dawn Steele. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Chat With Playwrights Karl Hinze and Becky Goldberg
by Melissa Giordano - Jul 31, 2014

It is my pleasure to speak to Long Island playwrights Karl Hinze and Becky Goldberg. They have a wonderful new show reading at The New York Musical Theatre Festival and were kind enough to take time to speak with me today! (more...)

BWW Recap: AGATHA CHRISTIE's BIG FOUR Strike Again in Poirot Mystery
by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita - Jul 30, 2014

PBS' Masterpiece Mystery raises the curtain on the final episodes of their adaptations of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot adventures, starring David Suchet, with their 90 minute version of THE BIG FOUR, based on a novel originally penned by Christie in 1927. However, anyone familiar with the novel should be prepared for significant plot changes and a sentimentally-tinged (but underused) cast of characters in this production, which is indeed theatrically over the top. And for one key SPOILER ALERT: despite the episode's initial framing, Poirot does not die, though anyone worth their Christie salt should be able to see through this from the outset. (more...)

THE MOUSETRAP UK Tour Comes to Theatre Royal Glasgow from Sept 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been the world's longest running stage production at its London home for more than 55 years. The 60th Anniversary -- and first ever -- UK tour of this beloved murder mystery has now been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances, breaking box office records in many of its venues, from Southampton to Barnstaple, Dublin to Aberdeen. (more...)

AFTERMATH Available on Blu-ray and DVD 8/26
by Movies News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you the thriller Aftermath, available on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 26, 2014. (more...)

MCCC's Kelsey Theatre to Stage INTO THE WOODS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & More in 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Mercer County Community College's (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre is rolling out the classics for the 2014-15 season. Long-time theater lovers can revisit their favorite musicals and dramas, while younger audiences will have an opportunity to see the greats for the very first time. Twenty full-length dramas and musical productions come to the Kelsey stage, along with eight shows offered through the Kelsey Kids Series performed by traveling professional troupes and local companies. "Kiss Me, Kate" (Pinnworth Productions), based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, kicks off the season Sept. 12 to 21. (more...)

Peter James' DEAD SIMPLE to Play Theatre Royal Glasgow in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Following the critically acclaimed hit premiere stage production of Peter James' The Perfect Murder this year, the best-selling work of the No.1 novelist returns to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of his most famous and popular book to date and the first book that featured James' now famous character of Detective Roy Grace - Dead Simple. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Perfectly Entertaining Mystery at 2nd Story Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by Robert Barossi - Jul 27, 2014

If there was an award for Rhode Island's current busiest man in show business, one of the nominees would absolutely have to be 2nd Story Theatre's Ed Shea. The company's Artistic Director is currently performing in the Downstage production of Freud's Last Session. Last night, in the Upstage space, he made an appearance and gave the curtain speech for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which he directed. During his visit upstairs, Shea spoke about summer stock theaters and how they once dotted the landscape in these parts. No longer as much of a presence as they once were, they featured a certain kind of theater experience, something lighter, more whimsical and fun than the weighty, thought-provoking works seen throughout the winter months. That sense of offering something entertaining and fun permeates his entire production of Christie's play, a perfect summertime treat of mystery and murder, tempered with the right amount of wit and whimsy. (more...)

Peninsula Players' THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Opens 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The frighteningly funny farce "The Mystery of Irma Vep- A Penny Dreadful" by Charles Ludlam opens July 30 at Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County's theatrical icon. The Drama Desk-and Obie Award-winning comedy is a true mix of Victorian gothic romance and Universal monster movies. (more...)

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