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Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d to be adapted for the stage for the first time in the UK

The Mirror Crack'd

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WALES Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative have announced the first ever UK stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s much-loved Miss Marple thriller The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side.

The European premiere of The Mirror Crack’d will open at Salisbury Playhouse on February 15, 2019 before touring to Dublin, Cambridge and Cardiff.

The iconic Marple mystery will be adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and directed by Melly Still (Coram Boy, My Brilliant Friend). Casting is still to be announced.

Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star. Miss Marple is left to feel that the world has no need of her now until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present. Everyone’s version of events is different. Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies?

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director, Wales Millennium Centre said: “We are hugely excited to bring a dynamic, thoroughly modern Marple to the stage and to work again with Rachel Wagstaff and Melly Still. This is also our first collaboration with Wiltshire Creative. Co-producing across nations and regions is extremely important in order to create new work today. We hope that The Mirror Crack’d will provide Agatha Christie fans with a new twist and attract new audiences to her work”.

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director, Wiltshire Creative said: “We are delighted to be working with Wales Millennium Centre for the first time and will be excited to see Rachel’s brilliant adaptation bringing the legendary Miss Marple to a new audience here in Salisbury and beyond. We are very proud to be co-producing this major project as part of our inaugural season.”

Rachel Wagstaff wrote the book for multi-award-winning musical, Flowers for Mrs Harris, returning to Chichester Festival Theatre in September, directed by Daniel Evans. Her critically acclaimed adaptation of Birdsong (West End) is now on its fourth UK tour. Wagstaff also wrote the book for new musical Only the Brave, which was produced at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2016. Most recently, she co-wrote, with Duncan Abel, a stage version of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.

Melly Still has worked as a director, choreographer, designer and adaptor for many companies including the National Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre, The Manchester Royal Exchange and the Young Vic. She has been nominated for Olivier and Tony awards (best director and best design). Her work has travelled throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East, US and Broadway.

Still recently directed Tiger Bay the Musical at Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera. Other recent credits include: My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre); Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne Opera Festival).

Dates and venues: Salisbury Playhouse (February 15 to March 9); Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (March 12 to March 16); Cambridge Arts Theatre (March 19 to March 23); and New Theatre, Cardiff (March 26 to April 6, 2019).