Dame Agatha Christie has long been a staple of Community Theatres for decades. Her mysteries have tantalized and enthralled playgoers since before World War II. She is particularly known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
Your Theatre has produced many of her plays over the years but this is the first time a Miss Marple play has been staged.
Miss Jane Marple was introduced in the short-story collection The Thirteen Problems in 1927. Although Christie states that, "Miss Marple was not in any way a picture of my grandmother; she was far more fussy and spinsterish than my grandmother ever was", her autobiography does establish a firm connection between the fictional character and Christie's maternal great-aunt Margaret Miller ("Auntie-Grannie"). Marple appeared in 12 novels and 20 stories, several of which have been turned into stage plays.
Staging this show was both challenging and fun. I adore the characters Christie has created and my actors have breathed such wonderful life into all of them. Kudos to Mark Fuller for his set, props and costumes and to Larry Houbre, Suzanne Houbre and Bill Smith for their contributions.
The clues are all there. Listen carefully, keep a sharp eye – and trust NO ONE! See if you can figure out the twists and turns of “A Murder is Announced”.