An enlightened pharaoh falls foul of his conservative court when he attempts to unite the polytheist Egyptians under one god – a course of action that forces factions of both the army and priesthood to turn against him. Undeterred, Akhnaton’s vision of a kingdom where people dwell in peace, truth, love and beauty will ultimately destroy him and all those he holds dear.
Regarded as one of her most extraordinary plays, this epic historical drama is unlike anything you have read of Christie’s before.
“Most impressive of all, her 1937 play Akhnaton, set in Ancient Egypt, shows a profound understanding of the mores and character of an enlightened Pharaoh who fell foul of his conservative court. One of Christie’s most profound and daring works.” - Neil Norman, Daily Express
“Akhnaton is no didactic tract, but a drama of ruthless logic and theatrical power, its characters sharply delineated, its arguments humanized and convincingly set forth.” - Charles Osborne, Theatre critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain
“Agatha’s most beautiful and profound play; brilliant in its delineation of character, tense with drama.... the characters are submitted to exceptionally penetrating analytical treatment, because they are not merely subservient to the denouement of a murder plot, but each one is a prime agent in the development of a real historical drama.” - Max Mallowan, Archaeologist and Christie’s second husband.
ON BREAKING CHARACTER
Great Roles in Agatha Christie Plays
April 16, 2019
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Ancient
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The action moves from the Royal Palace of Amenhotep III in the City of No Amon to the Palace of the City of the Horizon, approximately 1,300 years BC.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
THE HIGH PRIEST OF AMON
CAPTAIN OF SOLDIERS
- Expandable casting
- Room for Extras