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Murder on the Nile

by Agatha Christie
directed by Liz Schell
Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 18-Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

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Simon Mostyn has just married Kay Ridgeway, after jilting his former fiancé and Kay’s ex-best friend Jacqueline De Severac. The newlyweds set out for their honeymoon aboard a paddle steamer on the Nile River.

Also on the cruise are the ill-tempered Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes and her niece Christina, outspoken socialist William Smith, Dr. Bessner (who nurses a grudge against Kay's father), Kay’s maid Louise, her guardian Canon Pennefather and—Jacqueline, who has been stalking the couple ever since Simon broke off their engagement.

Jacqueline, increasingly hysterical, finally produces a gun. Her first shot misses the mark, but soon after there is a real murder.

"As events develop, everyone on board becomes a suspect. What is so refreshing about an Agatha Christie whodunit is that character secrets may be known, the time and place of the crime may be common knowledge and all facts may follow in a linear progression, but the ending is still effectively surprising."

- The New York Times

Murder on the Nile is based on Christie's 1937 novel Death on the Nile, which she actually conceived as a play before deciding to write it as a novel instead. Five years later she adapted the story into a play, which opened in London in March 1946 and had a brief Broadway run later that year.

Although the novel was also made into a movie in 1978, the play and the movie are somewhat different. Most notably, Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot appears in the book and the movie, but not in the play.


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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born Agatha Miller in Torquay, U.K., in 1890. She trained as a singer and pianist, but was too shy to be a performer. She wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in response to a challenge from her sister Clara. It was published in 1920.

Altogether she published 66 detective novels, 15 collections of short stories, 19 plays (many of which are adapted from her novels), as well as an autobiography and Come, Tell Me How You Live about her time in Syria and Iraq with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan.

The Guinness Book of World Records calls Christie the best-selling novelist of all time, with total sales of around four billion copies. She is also the world's most translated author. More than 30 films have been based on her plays and novels. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1971.

Agatha Christie died in Torbay, U.K., in 1976.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.

Links

Official Agatha Christie Website
Agatha Christie - Wikipedia