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Spider's Web - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Spider's Web

Agatha Christie

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

9m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702334

A comedy thriller in three acts.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

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.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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.


REVIEWS

"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. 
Characters

CASTING

9m, 3f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SIR ROWLAND DELAHAYE
HUGO BIRCH
JEREMY WARRENDER
CLARISSA HAILSHAM-BROWN
PIPPA HAILSHAM-BROWN 
MILDRED PEAKE
ELGIN 
OLIVER COSTELLO
HENRY HAILSHAM-BROWN
INSPECTOR LORD
CONSTABLE JONES
DOCTOR
- off stage voice
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to ... view full profile

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