Henry Goodman 

Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

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A sumptuous ride and a delicious night of intrigue and glamour


Simply outstanding


The perfect Poirot

Chichester Observer

Dazzling. This show is to die for

West 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: For further information about Ken Ludwig, please visit:

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Goodman amply lives up to his name; he’s terrific in the part. Suchet won't want to hear it but: watch out, Sir David!


A first-class ride all the way.


Goodman is a simply outstanding Poirot. Sara Stewart is a force of nature as the knowingly crass, much-married Helen Hubbard; Patrick Robinson is endearingly expansive yet understandably businesslike as Monsieur Bouc, the man who runs the train company. And Goodman has entirely cracked the mystery of how to put a new spin on the world’s most famous, most Belgian detective.


This is a welcome throwback to the vanished days of the whodunnit and the romance of steam. For Christie fans it’s just the ticket.

Daily Mail

Robert Jones has designed a little bit of stage magic. The Chichester stage has rarely looked so good. Jonathan Church directs with a slick assuredness and confidently tries to keep things railroading at pace. A sumptuous ride and a delicious night of intrigue and glamour.


Glossy, pacey production is enjoyably familiar

The Stage

Henry Goodman gives us the perfect Poirot. Poirot’s first-class trip certainly serves up first-class entertainment.

Chichester Observer

The set is dazzling. From the train itself, to the carriages and the costumes this truly is a no expense spared piece of escapism from a world in economic squeeze. Designer Robert Jones has excelled as have the production and costume team.

A light summer season show-stopper. This show is to die for.

West Sussex Gazette

Goodman steps cleanly from the Suchet shadow and owns it, completely, from the moment he sets foot on the stage. It is a joy of a performance, completely Goodman’s own, and one that, surely, Ms Christie would smile benevolently upon.

Portsmouth News

Jonathan Church’s ensemble delivered an outstanding interpretation of this ripping yarn. Ken Ludwig’s adaptation has skillfully filleted Christie’s novel into a two-hour play that threads the essential elements of the plot into a well crafted tale. Pure theatrical class.

The audience’s disbelief is first suspended by Robert Jones’ stunning set, with an ingenious use of sliding arches and simple scenery. It is not often that a scene change receives its own round of applause - Jones’ work is sensational and enhanced by Mark Henderson's lighting, the coup de theatres are magnificent.

Chichester have a hit on their hands that deserves a London transfer. Unmissable!

Jonathan Baz

Visually spectacular. A well-deserved standing ovation for Goodman’s impeccable master class in characterisation.

Theatre South East

A hugely entertaining adaptation. A masterly performance by Henry Goodman as Poirot with a superb supporting cast.

Never before in the theatre have I experienced spontaneous applause for the scenery.

First class entertainment, mystery, intrigue, and stand out performances. A memorably murderous evening out, highly recommended whether you are a fan of Agatha Christie or not .

Fairy Powered Productions

A veritable army of an ensemble who do terrific work with exquisitely choreographed scene changing (movement Lucy Hind) whisking tables, chairs and whole train carriages to their respective places with panache as if it’s all a dance. Robert Jones’s set design is a miracle of ingenuity too.

Jonathan Church’s production has provided a truly memorable theatrical experience.

British Theatre Guide

Cast & Creatives


  • Henry Goodman

    Hercule Poirot
  • Matt Addis

  • Kelvin Ade

  • Marc Antolin

    Michel the Conductor
  • Philip Cairns

    Colonel Arbuthnot
  • Samuel Collings

    Hector MacQueen
  • Joelle Dyson

  • Joanna McCallum

    Princess Dragomiroff
  • Taz Munyaneza

    Mary Debenham
  • Patrick Robinson

    Monsieur Bouc
  • Laura Rogers

    Countess Andrenyi
  • Sara Stewart

    Helen Hubbard
  • Jacqueline Tate

  • Joanna Van Kampen

    Greta Ohlsson
  • Timothy Watson

    Samuel Ratchett
  • Sophie Bye

    Little Girl
  • Eleanor Sebastian

    Little Girl

Creative team

Cast List

Jonathan Church


Robert Jones


Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Adrian Sutton


Christopher Shutt

Sound Designer

Lucy Hind

Movement Director

Gabrielle Dawes CDG

Casting Director

Penny Dyer

Voice & Dialect Coach

Fiona Dunn

Associate Director

Ben Davies

Associate Designer

Patrick Molony

Production Manager

Karen Large

Costume Supervisor

Lisa Buckley

Props Supervisor

Campbell Young Associates

Wigs, Hair & Make Up

Suzi Blakey

Company Stage Manager

Lou Bann

Deputy Stage Manager

Gareth Newcombe

Assistant Stage Manager - Book Cover

Harriet Saffin

Assistant Stage Manager

Cat Simpson

Assistant Stage Manager




Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Nights£10£10£10£30£34
All other performances£10£19£31£40£44
  • Friends Priority Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction. Only available during Friends Priority Booking period (12-18 March)
  • Friends Single Production Discount: £2 off non-saver tickets
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £30 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Book early for the best prices Prices are guaranteed until Monday 4 April and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only (apart from Schools and College Groups)
  • Festival Theatre: Some seating areas may not be available for all performances
  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
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Content & Themes

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Language: Very infrequent, mild
Nudity: None
Violence: Murder by stabbing
Themes: Child kidnap, murder, detection

Please note this production contains haze and smoke effects, smoking, flashing lights and loud sound effects.


Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval