Tommy and Tuppence battle The Secret Adversary on tour

The Secret Adversary

Agatha Christie’s 1922 thriller The Secret Adversary gets its first outing on stage at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury this month ahead of a UK tour.

The adaptation, by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari, introduces the Queen Of Crime’s lesser known amateur sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence, to the stage for the very first time.

The Secret Adversary, directed by Sarah Punshon, plays at The Watermill from February 12 prior to a six-week national tour. The production will be presented as a play with live music.

Garmon Rhys and Emerald O’Hanrahan  in The Secret Adversary. Photo Philip Tull.
Photo Philip Tull.

Garmon Rhys and Emerald O’Hanrahan play crime-fighters Tommy and Tuppence.

The first of five Tommy and Tuppence thrillers which spanned Christie’s writing career, The Secret Adversary 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?

Emerald O’Hanrahan is best known for playing Emma Grundy in The Archers, BBCR4. Her theatre credits include the lead role in Daisy Pulls it Off (Watermill) and A Christmas Carol (Royal & Derngate).

LAMDA graduate, Garmon Rhys recently played the lead role of Wilfred Owen in Simon Godwin’s production of Regeneration, touring nationally.

They are joined by Keiran Buckeridge, Nigel Lister, Elizabeth Marsh, Morgan Philpott and Sophie Scott.

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 Christie’s most vibrant characters to life as part of this year’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

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

Tommy and Tuppence 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 24-26, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
March 31-April 4, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
April 7-11, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
April 14-18, Derby Theatre
April 28-May 2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
May 5-9, Rose Theatre, Kingston.

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