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Browse the full programme for this year's Festival 8-17 September. Our online box office via Ticketsource will open on 9 May at 9am.
Festival Fringe 0
Sunday 3rd September 2023, 10:00am | Beacon Cove, Torquay, TQ1 2EP
Beacon Cove to Meadfoot Beach
This unique event celebrates Agatha Christie’s love of sea swimming, by taking participants on a one mile ‘sightseeing swim’ between two of her favourite beaches. Participants are encouraged not to race, but to enjoy the scenery, whilst raising money for Rowcroft Hospice.
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Festival Fringe 1
Friday 8th September 2023, 10:00am | The English Riviera Visitor Information Centre, Vaughan Parade, Torquay TQ2 5JG
8th – 17th September 2023, 10am and 2.30pm
This award-winning walking tour tells the story of Agatha’s extraordinary life. Guests will be enthralled to listen to her years growing up in Torquay, and visit some of the places from her life and work.
Festival Fringe 2
Friday 8th September 2023, 8:00pm | Palace Theatre, Paignton
Opening the Agatha Christie Festival 2023, we bring you the stellar crime-writing supergroup ‘The Fun-Lovin Crime Writers’. They’ll be killing it on stage at the Palace Theatre, Paignton.
Tickets: From £20Read more
Festival Fringe 4
Saturday 9th September 2023, 10:00am | Paignton Library, Courtland Rd, Paignton TQ3 2AB
Performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m
The legendary detective Rufus Caper has been framed and needs your help to uncover the truth! PaddleBoat Theatre Company presents a thrilling family whodunnit with their distinctive fingerprints all over it! Expect music, puppetry, physical comedy and more. Come and help us catch the clues and spot the suspects before Rufus goes down for a crime he didn’t commit!
Suitable for families with children 8+
Tickets: 55 mins (No Interval) | Tickets: £4.00 Child; £7.00 AdultRead more
Festival Fringe 5
Saturday 9th September 2023, 6:30pm | Dart Venturer
6.30pm – 8.30pm. Departing from Torquay.
Join us for a boat trip around the Bay, passing beaches and locations loved by Agatha or featured in her works. Why not dress in your best detective outfits, as there will be a murder mystery to solve along the way, courtesy of Moonstone Theatre Company. There will also be period music, a fully stocked lounge bar and some fantastic views on this evening cruise.
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Festival Fringe 6
Sunday 10th September 2023, 11:00am | Meet outside Cantina, Young's Park Road, Paignton TQ4 6BU
A Tail of Murder on the English Riviera
Join us for a unique dog walking murder mystery, courtesy of Moonstone Theatre Company
Tickets: £15Read more
Festival Fringe 7
Sunday 10th September 2023, 3:00pm | Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
Due to popular demand, we are bringing back this favourite event, taking place in the stunning walled gardens at Torre Abbey. Meet the Head Gardener, learn about Agatha Christie’s potent and poisonous plants and her time as a pharmacist in Torquay and join us for afternoon tea – if you dare!
Tickets: £16.50Read more
Festival Fringe 9
Sunday 10th September 2023, 6:00pm | Kents Cavern, 91 Ilsham Rd, Torquay TQ1 2JF
Screenings 6pm and 8:30pm
Our friends at Kents Cavern are hosting a unique underground film festival, with a double bill of two Agatha Christie classics. In February of this year, Cave Cinema won Gold for Devon’s Event of the Year, so we are delighted they will be celebrating the queen of crime in the caves that inspired Hampsly Cavern in The Man in the Brown Suit.
Tickets: £13.50Read more
Festival Fringe 8
Sunday 10th September 2023, 7:00pm | Torquay Museum
Following the huge success of last year’s event, we be bringing back our literary take on a bar crawl, visiting some quirky and unusual venues around Torquay harbour. Once again you can expect readings, poetry, music and unexpected happenings along the way.
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Festival Fringe 10
Monday 11th September 2023, 2:00pm | Princess Theatre, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 5EZ
The Mousetrap turns 70 this year and ahead of the opening night performance we are delighted to welcome former festival director, Tony Medawar for a fascinating talk about the history of the world’s longest running play - from its origins as a 30-minute radio play and the premiere of the stage version in 1952 right up to the present day.
Tickets: £32Read more
Festival Fringe 11
Monday 11th September 2023, 2:30pm | Princess Theatre
11 - 16 September, Various Times
The Mousetrap turns 70 this year and we are thrilled that the touring production will be at the Princess Theatre in Torquay for the week of the festival (Monday 11 to Saturday 16 September).
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Festival Fringe 12
Tuesday 12th September 2023, 7:00pm | Cantina Torquay, Abbey Park, Torquay TQ2 5HP
This fun and informative evening combines sampling wine whilst solving a mystery. Can you decant the crime and catch the uncorked culprit, before there’s another vineyard victim.
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Festival Fringe 14
Wednesday 13th September 2023, 7:00pm | The Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6QJ
Following the sell-out success of this event at last year’s festival, Caroline Hostein returns to chat about cocktails in Christie’s work and the stories behind the creation of our favourites. She’ll be joined by award-winning cocktail mixologist, Cosmo Boardman who will demonstrate how to make your own cocktails in this delicious Festival Fringe talk and demonstration.
Tickets: £30Read more
Festival Fringe 15
Wednesday 13th September 2023, 7:30pm | The Royal Lyceum, Devon, TQ2 5NQ
13 - 16 September
Unleashed Theatre Company presents a brand new musical review at Torquay’s historic Royal Lyceum Theatre, telling the life of Agatha Christie through the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Tom Lehrer and more.
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Festival Fringe 16
Thursday 14th September 2023, 10:30am | Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3HF
Asked to describe an Agatha Christie story, you'll probably picture an affluent, rural and distinctively English setting... but her travels abroad and excavations at archaeological sites also provided the writer with intriguing settings and unusual plots. Local author Emma Seaman takes us on a tour of some of Mrs Christie's more unusual novels.
Tickets: £6Read more
Thursday 14th September 2023, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
To open this year’s Festival, we are delighted to welcome Robert Thorogood, author and creator of the hit mystery television series Death in Paradise and Beyond Paradise, and Ruth Ware, author of The IT Girl , The Turn of the Key and other crime thrillers.
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Thursday 14th September 2023, 5:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
Moira Redmond is a journalist, writer, reviewer and author and the creator of the Clothes in Books blog, which has over 2000 entries and three million page views. For this talk she will be discussing Agatha Christie as social observer and clothes detective.
Tickets: £12Read more
Thursday 14th September 2023, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
A panel discussion chaired by Kemper Donovan of the All About Agatha team, with Christie authorities, Dr John Curran, Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, Mark Aldridge and Christie fan and author of the Smart Women crime mysteries, Victoria Dowd. In this panel debate, our Christie experts will challenge each other with their own pitches for Agatha’s Greatest Short Story.
Tickets: £17.50Read more
Friday 15th September 2023, 10:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
We are really pleased to welcome Torbay writer Rachel Trethewey, author of Mothers of the Mind, a new book in which she describes the remarkable women who shaped Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.
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Friday 15th September 2023, 12:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE
Christie super-fan Jaclyn is no stranger to the festival, being one half of the international crime-fighting duo Lurker-Linane Investigations, who organise the annual golfing-themed murder mystery events on the nearby Pitch and Putt course. She will be flying across the pond to speak about Agatha Christie and her American connections, including her family, her travels and the portrayal of Americans in her novels.
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