And Then There Were None

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And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 8m

A dark thriller in three acts. One of Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.  

And Then There Were None

by  Agatha Christie

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 8m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. 

In writing the stage version of her most successful and darkest novels during the Second World War, Agatha Christie responded to the mood of the times by introducing a more positive ending. The play was a smash hit in the West End and on Broadway. The alternate version of the play's ending, drawn from the novel and using entirely Agatha Christie's own words, is now available via digital download. See the product options here.

History
First presented at St James' Theatre in London on November 17, 1943. The play opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on June 27, 1944. It was directed by Albert deCourville.
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Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Set in the living room of the house on Soldier Island, off the coast of Devon. 1940s. August.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

3f, 8m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
ROGERS
MRS. ROGERS
FRED NARRACOTT
VERA CLAYTHORNE
PHILIP LOMBARD
ANTHONY MARSTON
WILLIAM BLORE
GENERAL MACKENZIE
EMILY BRENT
SIR LAWRENCE WARGRAVE
DR. ARMSTRONG

Music

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

Press

“A perfect combination of thriller and detective story, this much-copied plot is Christie's greatest technical achievement.” - John Curran, The Guardian

“It is high-concept and its premise is instantly gripping as well as having a profoundly archetypal feel to it. I had a strong sense of being pulled into an eerie dream – and, like the characters on the island, I could not escape.” - Sophie Hannah, The Guardian 

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