Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

by  Ken Ludwig, Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 5f

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

by  Ken Ludwig Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
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Reviews

"The fast-moving, powerful theatrical locomotive Murder on the Orient Express will get you to a better place, and slay you merrily en route." Hartford Courant

"Agatha Christie is not the bestselling novelist in history for nothing, and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation strikes the perfect balance of the cerebral and the comic. Get on board – it’s a great ride.” / Houstonian Magazine

“I felt myself leaning in with the entire audience when detective Poirot tells us he’s figured out who did it. What a climax! When the train whistle blows in the theater, all we need to do is sit down, shut up and enjoy." / The Houston Chronicle

"A love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script adaptation by Ken Ludwig. ...  [E]verything you could want - broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects." / Broadway World

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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

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  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

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5m, 5f
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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 26 plays and musicals, including 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His othe ...

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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

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