Agatha Christie’s stage adaptation of her famous murder mystery novel Death on the Nile is coming to the Dolman Theatre in Newport and Newport Playgoers Director James Reynolds is delighted to be bringing Murder on the Nile to the stage.
James says of Murder on the Nile:
“I’ve always loved Christie’s novels. I’m a great fan of murder mysteries and detective stories and I love the way she brings a whole host of individual characters into the mix with their own motives and quirks. Her plots are always so creative, and they give us some of the most recognisable murder mystery tropes to this day.”
James is no stranger to directing Agatha Christie. He also directed the hugely popular And Then There Were None for Newport Playgoers in February 2018.
“All of Christie’s stories give us a window into another world, she paints such interesting pictures as well as showing us a balanced view of events, sometimes even making us feel sympathy for criminal motives and empathy with the characters who commit the crimes. Of course, justice is always carried out, but often on unique terms.”
Murder on the Nile follows the story of a jilted lover turned stalker as a wealthy heiress takes her honeymoon on a boat full of colourful characters.
Familiar Newport Playgoers actors such as Becky Phillips, Emma Phillips, Emma McCarthy, Nathan Hodge, Charlotte Giles and Chris Bissex-Williams, who plays the new detective role, are joined by some welcome newcomers, Louise Griffiths, Adrienne Cook and Chris Cox.
James explains that the play is set on the observation deck on the stern of the steamer, Lotus, as it cruises down the Nile:
“We have a stunning set designed by Steve Saunders and Lynn Phillips and our set building team here at the Dolman are working their magic to recreate this for our audience.
“I’m really excited to be directing another great play from Agatha Christie for Newport Playgoers Society. Murder on the Nile is a thrilling murder mystery story with fantastic characters, and this is a bright, fresh production with a vibrant cast. It’s a special privilege for me to be producing the work of such a talented writer.”
Murder on the Nile runs at the Dolman Theatre, Newport from Tuesday 3rd March until Friday 6th March at 7:15pm and Saturday 7th March at 2pm. Tickets available at: http://www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.
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