Go Back for Murder

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 4f

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

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Go Back for Murder

by  Agatha Christie

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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 

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 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: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 4f
JUSTIN FOGG
TURNBALL
CARLA
JEFF ROGERS
PHILIP BLAKE
MEREDITH BLAKE
LADY MELKSHAM
MISS WILLIAMS
ANGELA WARREN
CAROLINE CRALE
AMYAS CRALE
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

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

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Authors

Agatha Christie

Visit The Agatha Christie Collection for more content, licensing information, and more about Christie's work. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest runnin ...

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

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