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Dates and venue confirmed for Christie revival



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IT HAS now been confirmed that the Agatha Christie thriller, And Then There Were None, will open on October 25, 2005 (previews from October 14) at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

Gemma Jones whose previous stage credits include Cabaret, The Winter's Tale, The Master Builder, Dance of Death and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, will play Emily Brent.

Jones has also appeared on screen - in Wilde, Sense and Sensibility, The Winslow Boy and the Bridget Jones and Harry Potter films.

And Tara Fitzgerald will take on the role of Vera Claythorne. Equally at home on stage and in film, her many credits include Antigone, Our Song, Hamlet (opposite Ralph Fiennes), A Doll's House and Clouds (theatre); and Brassed Off, I Capture the Castle, Sirens and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (film).

Also confirmed in the cast are Richard Johnson and Graham Crowden.

Previously Posted: Although dates and venue have yet to be confirmed, Agatha Christie's thriller, And Then There Were None (previously entitled Ten Little Indians) will be revived in London's West End this coming October.

For this production, playwright Kevin Elyot draws exclusively from the original 1939 novel as opposed to Christie's own stage version or subsequent screen adaptations.

 

Many will already be familiar with the story - And Then There Were None remains Christie's best-selling individual title in the UK - of ten strangers, apparently with nothing in common, who are lured to an exclusive island mansion by the mysterious UN Owen.

Over dinner, a voice on a gramophone record accuses each guest of harbouring a guilty and terrible secret. Later that same evening, one of the party is found murdered. And that, as the title suggests, is just the beginning......

Over the past five years, Chorion, which owns the rights to the Christie estate, has successfully relaunched two of her other works, Marple and Poirot, bringing them in line with the 21st century - in much the same way as Shakespeare has been reinvented for successive generations.

This new adaptation of And Then There Were None is the first theatrical piece to be given the treatment. It follows a four-year moratorium on any stage productions - with the exception of The Mousetrap, which is not controlled by Chorion - while the work was developed.

Christie's contribution to literature is phenominal. She wrote 80 novels (an average of two every year for most of her life), short story collections, 19 plays, six romance novels (under the name of Mary Westmacott), two books of poetry, a children's book and two autobiographical works.

Even now, almost 30 years after her death in 1976, she remains the world's most popular novelist. And with the total sales of books now registering two billion, she is outranked only by Shakespeare and The Bible.

Her other work, The Mousetrap, has an equally impressive statistic. Now in its 53rd year, it's the world's longest-running play.

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