A world premiere seated, costumed script-reading of Agatha Christie’s forgotten play by an all-star cast, directed by Julius Green.
Trapped in an unhappy marriage and provoked by her husband’s obsession with her younger sister, Nan disappears from the family home for a night – with devastating consequences. A series of dramatic revelations will lead either to divorce or reconciliation; but the outcome depends on whether Nan’s sister will lie to protect her.
Agatha Christie’s extraordinary early play, which predates her famous stage thrillers, lay unread in her family’s archives until discovered by theatre producer Julius Green while researching his ground-breaking book Agatha Christie; a Life in Theatre (HarperCollins, 2015). Seemingly written in the mid-1920’s, during the breakdown of Christie’s first marriage, The Lie is an intensely personal piece of writing; a hard-hitting domestic drama which bears many of the hallmarks of her later work for the theatre, and which offers a unique insight into her complex emotional response to events in her own life at the time.
This special premiere presented by the festival as part of its Agatha Christie birthday celebration weekend across Torbay is the first time that The Lie will ever have been heard by an audience, and is presented by kind permission of Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard.
“In every life there comes a moment, one supreme and all powerful moment, when we hold our fate in our hands, to decide our entire life for good or evil…”
start time: 6pm (duration: approx 2 hours including introduction)
IACF’s Agatha Christie Birthday Celebration 2018 acknowledges the generous support of Torbay Council’s Mayor’s Events Fund.
photo credit: The Christie Archive Trust