Tommy & Tuppence fight The Secret Adversary in new Agatha Christie thriller

The Secret Adversary

Agatha Christie’s 1922 thriller The Secret Adversary will receive its world stage premiere at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre in February where it will play prior to a six-week national tour.

Making their stage debut will be the writer’s crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence.

The Secret Adversary will be brought to life in a new adaptation by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari. Tickets go on sale at The Watermill Theatre from Monday.

The Secret Adversary presents the first new stage adaptation of Christie’s work in over a decade.

Agatha Christie Limited has chosen the award-winning Watermill Theatre to bring two of the author’s most vibrant characters to life as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

With a fresh and inventive theatrical approach, this production promises fast-paced action, shot through with comedy, romance and live music.

The first of five Tommy and Tuppence thrillers which spanned Christie’s writing career, the drama follows the daring and dizzying adventures of the duo through 1920s London.

Home from the First World War, flat-broke and unemployed, our intrepid young heroes embark on an outlandish business scheme: The Young Adventurers Limited – willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything.

Their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem.

Will the nation survive? And who exactly is Mr. Brown?

The production will be presented as a play with live music, featuring an ensemble cast of eight performers. Casting is yet to be announced.

Mathew Prichard, chairman of Agatha Christie Limited, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Watermill Theatre and Sarah and Johann to bring their unique and intimate production style to my grandmother’s freshest characters”.

Writer and director, Sarah Punshon said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Tommy and Tuppence since I was a teenager.

“I love the partnership between them: I love how funny and fearless and full of life they both are.

“It’s so different to anything people expect from Christie.

“When she wrote The Secret Adversary, she was younger than I am now.

“It was 1920, and young ladies weren’t even supposed to cross their legs in public: but Christie writes this incredible gutsy young woman, who swears and tells jokes and comes up with daring plans – she’s stupendous!

“I’m so delighted to have the chance to introduce audiences to Tommy and Tuppence: my favourite ever fictional couple”.

Tommy and Tuppence are set to be the detective couple on everyone’s lips in 2015 when the glamorous pair will also feature in the new BBC television adaptation, Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.


February 12-March 21, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
March 23-28, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
March 30-April 4, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
April 6-11, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
April 13-18, Derby Theatre
April 27-May 2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
May 4-9, Rose Theatre, Kingston.

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