A sumptuous ride and a delicious night of intrigue and glamourWhatsOnStage
The perfect PoirotChichester Observer
Dazzling. This show is to die forWest Sussex Gazette
The celebrated detective Hercule Poirot boards the legendary Orient Express, enjoying the prospect of a luxurious rail journey from Istanbul to Calais in the dead of winter.
The train is surprisingly packed for the time of year; only the intervention of the manager secures Poirot a first class berth, alongside an intriguing and glittering company of international travellers.
But just after midnight, the Orient Express screeches to a halt, marooned by a snowdrift. And by morning, one passenger is dead…
Nobody can leave. A guard appears to be missing. A killer is in their midst. And Poirot must deploy his ‘little grey cells’ on the most difficult case of his career: one that will force him to question his deepest beliefs.
Adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by Ken Ludwig, whose Olivier and Tony Award-winning stage works include Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You, this spectacular and sumptuous new staging is directed by former CFT Artistic Director Jonathan Church (Amadeus, Singin’ in the Rain) and designed by Robert Jones (Oklahoma!, Mack & Mabel).
Double Olivier Award-winner Henry Goodman makes a welcome return to Chichester to play Poirot, following his appearances in Yes, Prime Minister (2010) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2012/13), also directed by Jonathan Church.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS © 2018 Agatha Christie Limited & Ken Ludwig All rights reserved. adapted from Murder on the Orient Express © 1934 Agatha Christie Limited z All rights reserved.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, AGATHA CHRISTIE and POIROT are registered trademarks of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere. All rights reserved. The rights to this play are licensed by Agatha Christie Limited. For further information on this play and others by Agatha Christie, please visit: http://www.agathachristie.com For further information about Ken Ludwig, please visit: http://www.kenludwig.com/
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