The first ever UK stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s much-loved Miss Marple thriller The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side has been announced for the new year.
The Mirror Crack’d, produced by Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative, will have its European Premiere, opening at Salisbury Playhouse, in February before touring to Dublin, Cambridge and Cardiff.
The iconic Marple mystery, from the world’s best-selling author of all time, will be adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and directed by Melly Still (Coram Boy, My Brilliant Friend).
Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star.
Miss Marple is left to feel that the world has no need of her now until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present.
Everyone’s version of events is different. Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies?
Graeme Farrow, artistic director, Wales Millennium Centre said: “We are hugely excited to bring a dynamic, thoroughly modern Marple to the stage and to work again with Rachel Wagstaff and Melly Still.
“This is also our first collaboration with Wiltshire Creative. Co-producing across nations and regions is extremely important in order to create new work today.
“We hope that The Mirror Crack’d will provide Agatha Christie fans with a new twist and attract new audiences to her work”.
Gareth Machin, artistic director, Wiltshire Creative said: “We will be excited to see Rachel’s brilliant adaptation bringing the legendary Miss Marple to a new audience here in Salisbury and beyond”.
Rachel Wagstaff wrote the book for multi-award-winning musical, Flowers for Mrs Harris, returning to Chichester Festival Theatre in September, directed by Daniel Evans.
Her critically acclaimed adaptation of Birdsong (West End) is now on its fourth UK tour.
Most recently, Rachel co-wrote, with Duncan Abel, a stage version of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.
The Mirror Crack’d will run at Salisbury Playhouse from February 15 – March 9 before touring to Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (March 12 -16); Cambridge Arts Theatre (March 19 – 23) and New Theatre, Cardiff (March 26 – April 6).
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