Akhnaton

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  12m, 4f

An epic historical drama in three acts.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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. 

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“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.

Keywords

Politics, Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • 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

Casting

12m, 4f

THE HIGH PRIEST OF AMON
AN ENVOY
HOREMHEB
A HERALD
QUEEN TYI 
AKHNATON 
ROYAL SCRIBE
NUBIAN SERVANT
AY 
NEFERTITI
NEZZEMUT 
PARA 
BEK 
PTAHMOSE 
TUTANKHATON 
CAPTAIN OF SOLDIERS

SUPERNUMERARIES
A WOMAN
A MAN
SECOND WOMAN
SECOND MAN
SOLDIERS
ATTENDANTS
YOUNG ARTISTS
TRIBUTARIES
FIRST STONEMASON
SECOND STONEMASON
PEASANTS

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

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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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