Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds the drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry’s first marriage! Clarissa’s fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction…
“Suspense, anyone? The old fashioned kind? Who’s for good, clean fun? One is Agatha Christle’s 1954 puzzler, The Spider’s Web.” – Howard Thompson, The New York Times
A “Whodunit” by Agatha Christie
This is the play which scored by far the highest number in the “Wouldn’t Miss” category when we did our Audience Survey earlier this season. This intriguing thriller is by England’s Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, the most widely published author of all time with her works outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. She is regarded by generations of fans as the greatest mystery writer ever. This play (first staged at the Duchess Theatre in London in 1958) begins when a stranger runs his car into a ditch in dense fog near the South Welsh coastline and makes his way to a nearby house. It looks like a straightforward case of murder. Or is it? As the ghosts of an old wrong begin to emerge from the past, the case begins to look anything but straightforward… The original production ran for 604 performances and is as gripping and ingenious as you would expect from Dame Agatha.
A Mystery by Agatha Christie
“Terrific ensemble cast … Stage Centre Productions has assembled a cast that crackles whether you light a fire under them or not. They function well as an ensemble, while creating fascinating individual characters … “ – North York Mirror (October 2, 2005).
An unhappy game of romantic follow the leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, the home of Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. Dr. Cristow is at the centre of the trouble: with Henrietta, his mistress; Veronica, his ex-mistress; and Gerda, his wife. All at once, Cristow is dead! Nearly everyone had a motive and most had the opportunity. Who did it?