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Akhnaton - Full Length Play, Drama

Akhnaton

Agatha Christie

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Full Length Play, Drama

12m, 4f

ISBN: PMS0000000208

An epic historical drama in three acts.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)

Settings Of Play - The action moves from the Royal Palace of Amenhotep III in the City of No Amon to the Palace of the City of the Horizon, approximately 1,300 years BC.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

An enlightened pharaoh falls foul of his conservative court when he attempts to unite the polytheist Egyptians under one god – a course of action that forces factions of both the army and priesthood to turn against him. Undeterred, Akhnaton’s vision of a kingdom where people dwell in peace, truth, love and beauty will ultimately destroy him and all those he holds dear. 

Regarded as one of her most extraordinary plays, this epic historical drama is unlike anything you have read of Christie’s before. 

REVIEWS

“Most impressive of all, her 1937 play Akhnaton, set in Ancient Egypt, shows a profound understanding of the mores and character of an enlightened Pharaoh who fell foul of his conservative court. One of Christie’s most profound and daring works.” - Neil Norman, Daily Express

Akhnaton is no didactic tract, but a drama of ruthless logic and theatrical power, its characters sharply delineated, its arguments humanized and convincingly set forth.” - Charles Osborne, Theatre critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain 

“Agatha’s most beautiful and profound play; brilliant in its delineation of character, tense with drama.... the characters are submitted to exceptionally penetrating analytical treatment, because they are not merely subservient to the denouement of a murder plot, but each one is a prime agent in the development of a real historical drama.” - Max Mallowan, Archaeologist and Christie’s second husband.

Characters

CASTING

12m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Room for Extras

THE HIGH PRIEST OF AMON
AN ENVOY
HOREMHEB
A HERALD
QUEEN TYI 
AKHNATON 
ROYAL SCRIBE
NUBIAN SERVANT
AY 
NEFERTITI
NEZZEMUT 
PARA 
BEK 
PTAHMOSE 
TUTANKHATON 
CAPTAIN OF SOLDIERS

SUPERNUMERARIES
A WOMAN
A MAN
SECOND WOMAN
SECOND MAN
SOLDIERS
ATTENDANTS
YOUNG ARTISTS
TRIBUTARIES
FIRST STONEMASON
SECOND STONEMASON
PEASANTS

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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