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Rugby Theatre brings classic Agatha Christie murder mystery to the stage

Murder on The Nile, Rugby Theatre, from March 9

Everyone knows Agatha Christie – the Queen of Crime’s books have sold millions and have been adapted dozens of times for the big screen and television.

She’s the best-selling author of all-time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

And this week at Rugby Theatre, director Senga Veasey promises audiences will have the chance to marvel at Christie's genius when the talented amateur group present one of her most critically-acclaimed mysteries, Murder on the Nile.

Set aboard a paddle steamer in 1937, it’s an intriguing thriller full of the kind of twists and turns you’d expect from one of the UK’s most beloved and successful writers of whodunits.

Senga says: “There are few theatre experiences better than brilliantly-written murder mystery, and this is one of the very best. It’s full of tension and excitement, and builds to a shocking and audacious climax.

“I’m so happy to be able to direct this wonderful play in our 70th anniversary year. It’s a treat for us all to be able to get our teeth into a play with so many wonderfully drawn characters and such a cleverly constructed plot.”

There’s no Poirot in this telling of the story – the sleuth in the drama is Cannon Pennefather, played by Steve Crump in Rugby Theatre’s production.

Murder on the Nile opens for a seven night performance run on Saturday March 9. Tickets are available from the Rugby Theatre website, or by calling the box office on 01788 541234.

Pictured: From left to right: Steve Crump as Cannon Pennefather, Wendy Kay as Louise (the maid), Mark Baird as Smith, Bev Avis-Dakin as Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes

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