Towards Zero

by  Agatha Christie, Gerald Verner

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  7m, 4f

A murder mystery set in a clifftop house in three acts.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

When a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife Audrey and his new flame Kay.  A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder.  A carefully unpeeled investigation before our eyes brings the story to a pointed ending. 

A different stage version of this story set entirely in the outdoors is also available here.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A double parlour game – before guessing the killer's name, we are invited to guess who is going to be killed.” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer 

"An evening in which we do not smell a rat until too late.” - The Times

Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in the drawing room at Gull's Point, Lady Tressilian's house, Saltcreek, Cornwall.

Music

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

Casting

7m, 4f
THOMAS ROYDE
KAY STRANGE
MARY ALDIN
MATHEW TREVES
NEVILE STRANGE
LADY TRESSILIAN
AUDREY STRANGE
TED LATIMER
SUPERINTENDENT BATTLE
INSPECTOR LEACH
P.C. BENSON
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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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Gerald Verner

Gerald Verner

Towards Zero premièred in the West End at the St. James's Theatre in September, 1956 produced by Peter Saunders, producer of The Mousetrap.

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