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Murder Is Announced, A - Full Length Play, Drama

Murder Is Announced, A

Agatha Christie, Leslie Darbon

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573702457

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution. 


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

Settings Of Play - The action takes place in two drawing-rooms in an early Victorian house in Chipping Cleghorn which have been made into one room.

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

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
"Had the first night audience on the edge of their seats." - Evening Post

"Re-enter Agatha with another whodunit hit, another of her fiendishly ingenious murder mysteries." - London Evening News

First presented by Peter Saunders at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on September 21st, 1977.
Characters

CASTING

5m, 7f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JULIA SIMMONS
LETITIA BLACKLOCK
DORA BUNNER
PATRICK SIMMONS
MITZI
MISS MARPLE
PHILLIPA HAYMES
MRS. SWETTENHAM
EDMUND SWETTENHAM
RUDI SCHERZ
INSPECTOR CRADDOCK
SERGEANT MELLORS
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
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
pam lyons 7/9/2014 3:34 PM
A great mystery - I thought I knew the ending but each suspicion I had was quickly proven incorrect.  The ending was a true surprise!!  The cast is predominantly female along with 5 male roles - which fits my group very well!  The set remains the same throughout the production and the props seem to be very attainable.  I'm now looking forward to the fall play!!
Nathan Wyman 6/2/2014 1:13 PM
We are excited to put on this play in our season next year.  It had all of the right components and technical requirements.  Our casting pool is female dominant, so this script's high number of female roles was just the ticket.  The set and prop requirements don't seem all that difficult and the twisting/turning script story is a real mind bender!  It's surprise ending is so much fun!
Franklin Trapp 12/3/2013 12:19 PM
I enjoyed this Agatha Christie far more than I had anticipated.  Other than the top 3 Agatha Christies (Mousetrap, Witness for the Prosecution, and 10 Little Indians), I've usually found the other titles to be excessively talky with very stereotypical characters and not much action.  I found that A Murder is Announced avoided these pitfalls, with excellent characters and dialogue that moved the plot and the character formation along.  Of course it is full of Agatha Christie twists and turns and coincidences, but overall, I thought it was great fun.  And an excellent way to bring your audiences more Agatha Christie (which they love) without just doing the top three over and over.

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