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Murder, Marple and Me - Ambassadors Theatre

Theatre preview

FOLLOWING a sell-out national tour and rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the country, Murder, Marple and Me is coming to the West End.

Philip Meeks’ play, which explores the relationship between Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie, will play just four performances at the Ambassadors Theatre – on June 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2013.

Actress Janet Prince, who recently completed a stint in The Mousetrap company, brings to life three women – Margaret Rutherford, Agatha Christie and The Spinster – in what is described as a compelling physical, vocal and emotional performance.

Before Miss Marple, Margaret Rutherford was well known and much loved as a comic actress. She was an unlikely choice for the role that she reluctantly took on. However, it was one that made her eternally and internationally famous.

Moreover, legendary mystery author Agatha Christie never wanted the Miss Marple novels taken to the screen at all, and was disappointed when Margaret Rutherford was given the job.

But what tragic scandal was revealed that led them to put aside their mutual distaste and develop a touching friendship? The intriguing and sometimes salacious world of the British film industry in the 1960s is the setting for a remarkable dramatic story about two of the nation’s most influential women in the arts at that time.

Murder, Marple and Me is directed by Stella Duffy, acclaimed director, writer and performer, who appears regularly in the media as a commentator on many topics. Her latest novel, The Purple Shroud, has just been published.

Writer Philip Meeks’ theatre and television writing credits include several years as a core writer on Emmerdale and the acclaimed play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Murder, Marple and Me has set design by Cherry Truluck, who has been shortlisted for a 2012 Offie Award, sound by Martyn Duffy and lighting by Martin McLaughlin.

Murder, Marple and Me‘s London run aptly comes during the 60th anniversary year of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the West End’s longest running show.

Tickets: £20/£25 – available from the box office on 08448 112 334 or online at www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

The national tour of Murder, Marple and Me continues with further dates at South Hill Park, Bracknell on June 20 and 21. The show then returns to the Gilded Balloon at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.