New play: Murder, Marple and Me
Following a sell-out national tour and rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the country, the play that explores the relationship between Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie is now at London’s West End.
The sell-out play from the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, Murder, Marple and Me by Philip Meeks is now at London’s West End during the 60th anniversary year of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, the West End’s longest running show.
Actor Janet Prince brings to life three women – Margaret Rutherford, Agatha Christie and The Spinster – in a compelling physical, vocal and emotional performance directed by the acclaimed Stella Duffy. Prince is outstanding as she seamlessly switches between portraying Rutherford, Christie and Miss Marple and it’s her perfect comic timing that adds much hilarity to an otherwise increasingly tragic story.
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, the character that has made her eternally and internationally famous. 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 where no secret will remain hidden.