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Go Back for Murder - Full Length Play

Go Back for Murder

Agatha Christie

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Full Length Play

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573702402

A murder investigation across the years in two acts from Five Little Pigs.

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Description

Full Length Play

Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1930s

Settings Of Play - The action of Act One takes place in several locations, including the offices of Justin Fogg and Philip Blake, a hotel suite, the bedsit of Miss Williams and an Asian restaurant. 
Act Two takes place at Alderbury, a house in the West of England.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From West End

After receiving a letter from beyond the grave, Carla Crale believes her mother, who died in prison, was wrongly convicted of her father’s murder. In a passionate attempt to clear her name, she persuades those present on the day of her father’s death to return to the scene of the crime and ‘go back’ 15 years to recount their version of events.

An unusual take on the traditional murder mystery, the action of the play slips seamlessly from past to present, examining the danger of relying on personal testimony warped by time, prejudice and perception. By studying each suspect’s testimony, and the various inconsistencies between them, the drama arrives at a disturbing and terrible truth.


REVIEWS

“Agatha Christie's Go Back for Murder, which deals with family values and filial devotion, has a lot to recommend it. It is a classic whodunit filled with red herrings … a subplot of romantic love." - Leah D. Frank, The New York Times

“A subtle and ingenious detective story, an elegiac love story and a masterful example of storytelling technique, with five separate accounts of one devastating event. Christie's greatest achievement.” - John Curran, The Guardian on Five Little Pigs, the story on which this play is based

"Demonstrates the author's uncanny skill. The answer to the riddle is brilliant." - Maurice Willson Disher, The Times 


Presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, London, on the 23rd March, 1960. 
Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

CARLA and her mother, CAROLINE CRALE, are played by the same actress.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JUSTIN FOGG
TURNBALL
CARLA
JEFF ROGERS
PHILIP BLAKE
MEREDITH BLAKE
LADY MELKSHAM
MISS WILLIAMS
ANGELA WARREN
CAROLINE CRALE
AMYAS CRALE
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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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Reviews
MaryLou Laubach 8/30/2014 6:15 PM
What a hoot! Lots of fun parts that were delightful for our play reading group to enjoy.  We live in a retirement community and even the hypochondriacs laughed at poor George.  We watched the movie with Rock Hudson and Doris Day; all agreed the play was better.
ML Laubach, Highlands Ranch, CO

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