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Towards Zero

Agatha Christie, Gerald Verner

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  4f, 7m

By Agatha Christie & Gerald Verner

A murder mystery set in a clifftop house in three acts.
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 7m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

When a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife Audrey and his new flame Kay.  A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder.  A carefully unpeeled investigation before our eyes brings the story to a pointed ending. 

A different stage version of this story set entirely in the outdoors is also available here.

History
Towards Zero premièred in the West End at the St. James's Theatre in September, 1956 produced by Peter Saunders, producer of The Mousetrap.
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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Gun Shots
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)

Setting:

The action of the play takes place in the drawing room at Gull's Point, Lady Tressilian's house, Saltcreek, Cornwall.

Casting

4f, 7m
Cast Attributes
THOMAS ROYDE
KAY STRANGE
MARY ALDIN
MATHEW TREVES
NEVILE STRANGE
LADY TRESSILIAN
AUDREY STRANGE
TED LATIMER
SUPERINTENDENT BATTLE
INSPECTOR LEACH
P.C. BENSON

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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REVIEWS

"A double parlour game – before guessing the killer's name, we are invited to guess who is going to be killed.” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer 

"An evening in which we do not smell a rat until too late.” - The Times

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Authors

Agatha Christie

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Gerald Verner

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