Among the 13 new titles, currently available as a pre-publication manuscript, are Akhnaton, Christie’s only epic historical drama; The Secret of Chimneys, written in 1931 and adapted from her novel of the same name; A Daughter’s A Daughter, a melodrama rather than a stage mystery; Murder in the Studio, a collection of Christie’s radio plays Personal Call, Yellow Iris, and Butter in a Lordly Dish; The Wasp’s Nest, Christie’s first (and only personally) adapted teleplay script (from 1937); and Towards Zero and Towards Zero (Outdoor), both adapted from the same novel. The traditional version was produced in 1956. Ten years earlier, the outdoor version is the only play Christie ever wrote under commission (for the Shuberts in 1945).
These titles join the Christie plays that are among the most popular in the Samuel French catalog, including And Then There Were None, Witness For The Prosecution, and The Mousetrap.
Christie’s playwriting career spanned 42 years, from the premiere of her first play in 1930 (Black Coffee) to the last she was personally involved with in 1972 (Fiddlers Three).
The new and existing plays now making up the Collection were chosen after a two-year research project involving a review of all Christie plays in circulation, revisiting original manuscripts, and remastering existing plays to make them performance ready while ensuring they stay as close as possible to Christie’s original vision.
James Prichard, Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd. (and great grandson of Agatha Christie) said in a statement, “As they have also proved in novels, television, film and radio, my great grandmother’s plays and stories continue to engage great performers and directors today.”
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