Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Settings Of Play - The action of the play passes in the drawing-room of Copplestone Court, the Hailsham-Browns’ home in Kent.
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Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective, Inspector Lord.
A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humour. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.
"Suspense, anyone? The old fashioned kind? Who's for good, clean fun? One is Agatha Christle's 1954 puzzler, The Spider's Web.” - Howard Thompson, The New York Times
“A detective play, in which a nameless avenger strikes down a chosen victim is governed by conventions every bit as strict as those of Greek tragedy. Audiences who emerged from Witness for the Prosecution murmuring ‘How clever she is!’, will probably emerge from Spider’s Web murmuring ‘How clever I am!’” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer
“What sets Spider's Web
apart from most specimens of its overstuffed genre, is that its real motive is fun; all else -- dropped clues, plot contrivances -- is secondary. And the Lady of Copplestone Court, Clarissa Hailsham-Brown, has a talent to amuse.” - Alvin Klein, The New York Times
Presented by Peter Saunders at the Savoy Theatre, London, on the 14th of December, 1954.