Warner Stage Company Presents Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Warner Stage Company Presents Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

The Warner Stage Company will present Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE in the Warner Theatre's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre this September!

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is the world's best-selling mystery ever, with 100 million sales to date. Widely considered to be Christie's masterpiece, her own stage adaptation of this dark and captivating tale will thrill and enthrall, as murder unfolds...A group of 10 strangers is lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing. At dinner a recorded message is played accusing each of them in turn of having a guilty secret and by the end of the evening the 10 guests become nine. Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die. And with only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer?
One of Christie's darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

Agatha Christie's play has been performed successfully all over the world since its premiere in 1943 with an ending which is unique to the play and is not that of the novel on which it is based. There is much evidence that this was not her initial intention but was instead the result of what was perceived to be the needs of audiences at a very dark time in history. She never shied from taking notice of others' input and the success then and since of the play vindicates her approach and their views. In recent years, enterprising producers presenting to, perhaps, more inquiring audiences have experimented with incorporating the novel's ending in the play. This, too, has been well received leading to a controversy as to which is the "real" ending. On the 125th anniversary of her birth, Matthew Pritchard (Agatha Christie's grandson) made the choice available to all producers and directors to express their views as to the writer's intention by enabling us to choose from the 1943 (play) ending and the 1939 (novel) ending - allowing us to face the same choice his grandmother faced.

The Warner Stage Company production of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is directed by Lynn Paulella Beard with John Ozerhoski as assistant director and features Nicholas Bourne, Tony Enright, Roger Grace, MayTae Harge, Eric Lindblom, Scott Murphy, Lana Peck, Thursday Savage, Anthony Stachowitz, Payton Turpin and Mike Zizka. Performances are September 23, 29 and 30 at 8 pm and September 24 and October 1 at 2 pm. To purchase tickets, call the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or visit warnertheatre.org.
The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.

About the Warner Theatre
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.

To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit www.warnertheatre.org.

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