How Agatha Christie and other playwrights adapted her novels and short stories for the theatre
It was her dislike of other writers’ stage adaptations of her books that inspired Agatha Christie to dramatise several of her novels and short stories herself; an undertaking which would eventually establish her as the most successful female playwright of all time. This illustrated talk, which features readings by actors from some of her greatest plays, examines the challenges faced by Christie and others in the dramatisation process and demonstrates how she remains to this day the most imaginative and radical stage adaptor of her own work.
Julius Green is the author of Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre (HarperCollins 2015/ paperback 2018). He produced the 2001 Agatha Christie Theatre Festival (uniquely presenting Christie’s own complete stage works as then known), and for Bill Kenwright Ltd created The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which he produced for ten years.