A Murder Is Announced

by  Agatha Christie, Leslie Darbon

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 7f

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution. 


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
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Reviews


"Had the first night audience on the edge of their seats." - Evening Post

"Re-enter Agatha with another whodunit hit, another of her fiendishly ingenious murder mysteries." - London Evening News

Keywords

Death

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

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action takes place in two drawing-rooms in an early Victorian house in Chipping Cleghorn which have been made into one room.

Music

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

Casting

5m, 7f
JULIA SIMMONS
LETITIA BLACKLOCK
DORA BUNNER
PATRICK SIMMONS
MITZI
MISS MARPLE
PHILLIPA HAYMES
MRS. SWETTENHAM
EDMUND SWETTENHAM
RUDI SCHERZ
INSPECTOR CRADDOCK
SERGEANT MELLORS
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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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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Leslie Darbon

Leslie Darbon

First presented by Peter Saunders at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on September 21st, 1977.

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