02 Jul 2021

Tickets on Sale from 4 July

FESTIVAL NEWS – JULY 2021

Tickets go on sale for most Festival events at 8am on 4 July 2021 on TicketSourceThey are expected to sell out quickly for some events.

Tickets for Fringe events is available here.

Among many highlights over the eight days of the Festival:
  • The UK professional premiere of THE STRANGER, Agatha Christie’s gripping psychological thriller;
  • Award-winning authors ANTHONY HOROWITZ and KATE MOSSE in conversation;
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE: DESTINATION UNKNOWN, a new exhibition about Agatha Christie and her travels in the middle East, developed with the Christie Archive Trust;
  • Award-winning actress ANNETTE BADLAND in a special event on The Golden Hind in Brixham harbour;
  • A new film, AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE NEAR EAST, about the archaeological experiences of Christie and her husband Max Mallowan in Iraq and Syria;
  • A HOST OF ACKNOWLEDGED AUTHORITIES ON AGATHA CHRISTIE’S LIFE AND WORK ON STAGE AND SCREEN AT A RANGE OF VENUES ACROSS THE ENGLISH RIVIERA.

In parallel, there are fringe events including guided tours, the opportunity to go seal-watching on the Dart by Christie’s home at Greenway House and, at Torquay Museum, a very special model railway … as well as several online events.

The principal events on each day of the Festival are set out in this issue of Festival News. 

11 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay
Evening Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay

  • In the afternoon, the opening event sees two of Britain’s best-loved authors – Anthony Horowitz and Kate Mosse in conversation about Agatha Christie and much else besides. TICKETS ON SALE HERE
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE: DESTINATION UNKNOWN, a new exhibition about Christie’s travels in the Middle East. The exhibition will run for one month and has been curated by Alice Graham with the assistance of the Christie Archive Trust. TICKETS ON SALE HERE
  • And the day ends with Brian Eastman, producer of the ITV television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot, in conversation with Dr Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World and Agatha Christie on Screen. Brian will also introduce a special showing of Murder on the Links starring Sir David Suchet. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
12 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum and Rowcroft Hospice, Torquay
Evening Event – Torquay Museum, Torquay
  • The day begins at Torre Abbey Museum with an illustrated exploration of Agatha Christie’s London hosted by City of London & Westminster tour guide Tina HodgkinsonTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • After lunch, Carla Valentine will be speaking about her new book, Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie. Carla is the curator of the Pathology Museum at Barts Hospital and presenter of Channel 4’s The Bone DetectivesTICKETS ON SALE HERE
  •  In the evening, Torquay Museum will host the premiere of a new film directed by Sabine Scharnagl: Agatha Christie and the Near East focuses on the archaeological experiences of Christie and her husband, Sir Max Mallowan, and will be followed by a panel discussion. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
13 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay
Evening Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay
  • The day begins with an attempt to solve the mystery of Hercule Poirot by Dr Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World and Agatha Christie on ScreenTICKETS ON SALE HERE
  •  In the afternoon, the Spanish Barn hosts a live edition of the hit US podcast All About Agatha, hosted by Kemper Donovan and Catherine BrobeckTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • In the Spanish Barn in the evening, the award-winning storytelling theatre company Scary Little Girls present an evening of stories by Agatha Christie and other writers of the Riviera. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
14 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay
Evening Event – Oldway Mansion, Torquay
  • The day begins with Judy Dewey, curator of Wallingford Museum, on ‘Life with the Mallowans’ in the town where Christie spent her final years. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • In the afternoon, Martin Edwards, president of the Detection Club and author of the Lake District Mysteries and The Golden Age of Murder will talk about the craft of crime fiction TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • A crime-writing workshop for aspiring local writers, hosted by Martin Edwards, president of the Detection Club. TICKETS ON SALE HERE  
  • In the evening, the Festival moves to the evocative surroundings of historic Oldway Mansion and an evening of classic ghost stories by M R James with Moonstone Theatre. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
CHRISTIE DAY: 15 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay, and The Prison Museum, Dartmoor
Evening event – The Golden Hind, Brixham Harbour
  • Our celebration of Agatha Christie’s birthday opens with Victoria Dowd, author of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder and Body on the Island, on the enduring appeal on screen of And Then there Were NoneTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • After lunch there will be a unique event at Dartmoor Prison where Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, author of Agatha Goes to War, will speak about the moorland mysteries of Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the evocative French and American prisoner of war cemeteries. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • And in the evening, on board the Golden Hind in Brixham harbour, there will be a very special event to mark Christie’s birthday with award-winning actress Annette Badland, star of Midsomer MurdersEastEnders, Dr Who and The Archers. TICKETS ON SALE HERE  
16 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay
Evening Events – The Palace Theatre, Paignton
  • Events begin with The Queen of Crime in the Queen of the Suburbs, a talk by Dr Jonathan Oates, archivist and historian, on Christie’s childhood in the London borough of EalingTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • In the afternoon, author Sophie Hannah talks about her role in continuing to tell stories about Christie’s best-loved detective Hercule PoirotTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • Local history expert Matt Newbury on Christie’s interest in wild swimming, followed by a panel discussion and the premiere of Agatha Swims, a new short film directed by Karen MarshallTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • The evening closes at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, with the first of two performances (the other is on Saturday the 18th) of Dracula: The Bloody Truth, a production by the acclaimed company Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott TheatreTICKETS  ON SALE HERE 
17 September 2021
Day Events – Paignton Zoo and The Picture House, Paignton
Evening Event – The Palace Theatre, Paignton
  • Opening the day, Kate Jackson – author of The Pocket Detective – will be speaking at Paignton Zoo about animals in the work of Agatha Christie and other great crime writers. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • Back by popular demand, the Escape Room, The Curse of Amenhotep, returns to Torquay Museum. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • In the afternoon, at Paignton Picture House, Professor Mike Wilson talks about Agatha Christie and Grand-Guignol theatre, and later he will be joined by Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual, to discuss the enduring popularity of horror and supernatural fictionTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • And in the evening, the Festival returns to the Palace Theatre, Paignton, for the UK professional premiere of The Stranger, Agatha Christie’s gripping psychological thriller, performed as a rehearsed and costumed reading.  TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
18 September 2021
Day Events – Torre Abbey Museum and Torquay
Evening Event – Venue to be revealed
  • The final day begins with Dr Julius Green, author of Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre on the stage plays of Agatha Christie, Britain’s most successful woman playwrightTICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • Later in the day, things take a sporting turn with Murder: Of Course!, which takes place at Abbey Park Pitch ‘n’ Putt Golf Course TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • A wild sea-swimming event between Beacon Cove and Meadfoot Beach in Torquay, where Agatha Christie swam regularly. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 
  • At the Palace Theatre, Paignton, Dracula: The Bloody Truth, a production by the acclaimed company Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott TheatreTICKETS  ON SALE HERE 
  • And in the closing event of the Festival, Dr Mark Aldridge, will be in conversation with Guy Slater, director of the BBC television series, Agatha Christie’s Miss MarpleGuy will also introduce a special showing of A Pocketful of Rye starring the late Joan Hickson OBE. TICKETS ON SALE HERE 

There are six online events, taking place daily from 12 to 17 September 2021. These are free but tickets will be available HERE

The speakers are as follows:

  • Scott Wallace Baker, 2021 Festival Fan Guest of Honour and Australia’s Biggest Agatha Christie Fan?;
  • Chris Chan, Agatha Christie Ltd’s “Agatha Christie Expert” and “International Goodwill Ambassador”;
  • Sonia Feertchak, author of La Vérité Tue: Agatha Christie et la Famille;
  • Christopher Huang, author of A Gentleman’s Murder;
  • Manjiri Prabhu, author of the astro-detective novels Cosmic Clues and Stellar Signs; and
  • Harley Quin, host of the Christie’s Mysteries podcast.

Agatha Christie Festival Ltd is a charity, funded by Arts Council England. The Festival is an Associated Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and Exeter UNESCO City of Literature. The charity’s aim is to use the extraordinary power and reach of Agatha Christie’s global reputation to promote engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of Torbay’s local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage.

To achieve this, and working with private, public and third sector partners in Torbay and South Devon, we stage an annual festival for local people and Christie’s legion fans across Britain and around the world to celebrate Christie’s life and legacy, including high profile speakers and performances of her plays and poetry.

We also use Festival receipts and funding provided by trusts and foundations, including The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Elmgrant Trust and The Linbury Trust, to create and deliver a series of arts participation and performance community projects, including support for young people from a disadvantaged background, older people and people on an alcohol/drug recovery programme. And we strive to maximise the Festival’s contribution to the local economy by sourcing goods and services locally wherever possible and by creating work experience and other opportunities for local young people in relation to Festival publicity, Festival events, and, where possible, Festival projects.