Spider's Web

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  9m, 3f

A comedy thriller in three acts.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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 

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Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action of the play passes in the drawing-room of Copplestone Court, the Hailsham-Browns’ home in Kent.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 3f
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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Authors

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 Prosecutio ...

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Presented by Peter Saunders at the Savoy Theatre, London, on the 14th of December, 1954. 

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