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Rule of Three, The - Collection / Anthology, Melodrama

Rule of Three, The

Agatha Christie

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Collection / Anthology, Melodrama

7m, 5f

ISBN: PMS0000000245

A triple bill of short, contrasting plays comprising Afternoon at the Seaside, The Rats, and The Patient.

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$19.95
: Pre-Publication Manuscript
$9.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Description

Collection / Anthology

Melodrama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - Afternoon at the Seaside - A summer afternoon at the beach at Little-Slippyng-on-Sea. 
The Rats - The Michael Torrances' flat in Hampstead - the present.
The Patient - A private room in a nursing home - the present. 

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

This triple bill of one act murder mysteries combines: the light hearted comedy Afternoon at the Seaside, in which a detective attempts to find a priceless emerald necklace and the culprit who stole it; The Rats, a dark and chilling tale in which a pair of adulterous lovers find themselves lured to a flat, trapped like rats and framed for murder; and finally, The Patient, a tense thriller in which a woman has been hospitalised after seemingly falling from her balcony. 

REVIEWS 

"Three thrilling dénouements for the price of one." - Daily Telegraph 

“A trio of playlets devoted, like the rest of her work, to whetting ones appetite for retribution.” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer  

“They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook, whose interest is to please.”  - Joseph Muddiman, The Times Literary Supplement 


The Rule of Three was first presented on tour in the United Kingdom in 1961 and subsequently opened at the Duchess Theatre in the West End in 1962.

Characters

CASTING

7m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Afternoon at the Seaside
BOB WHEELER
NOREEN SOMERS
ARTHUR SOMERS
GEORGE CRUM
MRS. CRUM
A MOTHER
A YOUNG MAN
BEACH ATTENDANT
MRS. GUNNER 
PERCY GUNNER
THE BEAUTY
INSPECTOR FOLEY

The Rats
SANDRA GREY
JENNIFER BRICE
DAVID FORRESTER
ALEC HANBURY

The Patient
LANSEN
NURSE
DR. GINSBERG
INSPECTOR CRAY
BRYAN WINGFIELD
EMMELINE ROSS
WILLIAM ROSS
BRENDA JACKSON
THE PATIENT
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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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