Henry Goodman 

Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

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The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

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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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

Harriet Saffin

Assistant Stage Manager



Access performances

Access performances

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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

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to give away plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content for relevant productions below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that these may be updated nearer the time of each production as staging details are confirmed.

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


Enjoy a contemporary British menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients, a selection of excellent wines and top-notch service in our stylish and award-winning restaurant The Brasserie – the closest restaurant to the Theatre.

You will find The Brasserie on the ground floor of the Minerva Theatre. Why not take a 360° tour to get your bearings.

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