About Us

Agatha Christie Festival Ltd

We are a charity, funded by Arts Council England.

Our 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.

We are an Associate Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and Exeter UNESCO Creative City of Literature

The Annual Festival

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 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.

Festival Projects

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.

Festival Funding

We receive support from Arts Council England and a number of other organisations, including The D’Oyly Carte Trust, The Elmgrant Trust and The Linbury Trust; and we receive sponsorship from HarperCollins UK.

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Tony Medawar


Board Members:

Heather Norman-Soderlind (Chair); David Brawn, HarperCollins UK; Carolyn Custerson, English Riviera BID Company; Chris Hart, Wollen Michelmore Solicitors; Mathew Prichard CBE; John Rowe, Francis Clark Chartered Accountants; Kevin Mowat, Torbay Council.



Agatha Christie Festival Ltd
Sigma House
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United Kingdom



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For information on Agatha Christie, her work, life and licensing/rights, please contact Lydia Stone, Marketing & Communications Manager, Agatha Christie Ltd. Telephone +44 (0)20 3793 6566. www.agathachristie.com