The Hollow

The Hollow

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 6f

A thriller of passion and betraryal in three acts
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, arguably Christie’s finest comic grande dame. Dr. Cristow, the Harley Street lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor Henrietta and his former lover and Hollywood film star Veronica. Also visiting are Edward and Midge whose romantic assertions are likewise thrown into the mix. As the list of romantic associations grow so does the list of potential suspects when Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive but only one of them did the deed. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Agatha Christie has staged, against her smartest, most hyperemotional background so far, the shooting of a philandering doctor.” - Maurice Richardson, The Observer 

“The Hollow is a ''who's going to get it'' that quickly turns into a ''whodunnit.' A genuine crowd pleaser and a worthwhile evening of entertainment.” - Leah D. Frank, The New York Times

“To the end her listeners stay rapt... The main interest of the play, as a piece of writing, is in the mystery; but Mrs. Christie writes quick, speakable dialogue and, gleefully, her cast keeps us guessing until the dying minutes of the third act.” - JC Trewin, The Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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 garden room of Sir Henry Angkatell’s house, The Hollow, about eighteen miles from London.

Casting

6m, 6f
HENRIETTA ANGKATELL
SIR HENRY ANGKATELL, K.C.B.
LADY ANGKATELL
MIDGE HARVEY
GUDGEON
EDWARD ANGKATELL
DORIS
GERDA CRISTOW
JOHN CRISTOW, M.D., F.R.C.P.
VERONICA CRAYE
INSPECTOR COLQUHOUN, C.I.D.
DETECTIVE SERGEANT PENNY
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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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The Hollow was by Peter Saunders at the Fortune Theatre, London, W.C.2, on June 7th, 1951. 

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