Festival 2022

Browse the full programme for this year's Festival 10-17 September. Our online box office via Ticketsource will open on 27 May.


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Making The Agatha Christie Statue:  Elizabeth Hadley, sculptor of the new Torquay artwork

Event 31

Friday 16th September 2022, 11:00am | Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay

Making The Agatha Christie Statue

Elizabeth Hadley, sculptor of the new Torquay artwork

Brixham-based sculptor Elizabeth Hadley is commissioned to create a new artwork in tribute to Agatha Christie in her birthplace, Torquay. Meet the sculptor and hear about her work in progress at this special event. The artwork itself is expected to be completed in 2023.

Tickets: £10.00/£8.00

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The Christian World of Agatha Christie, Nick Baldock (USA)

Event 32

Friday 16th September 2022, 12:30pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

The Christian World of Agatha Christie, Nick Baldock (USA)

The ‘whodunnit’ is by definition concerned with innocence and guilt, right and wrong. The works of Agatha Christie subtly, but with increasing insistence, engage with the Christian philosophy behind the form.

Tickets: FREE but booking essential

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100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles with Dr John Curran

Event 33

Friday 16th September 2022, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles

with Dr John Curran

Internationally recognised expert on Christie’s work, Dr John Curran, will speak about how Agatha Christie came to write her very first crime novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles and how it influenced her writing career.

Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00

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The A B Sea Murders: A River Boat Tour

Festival Fringe 12

Friday 16th September 2022, 6:30pm | Beacon Quay, Haldon Pier, Torquay

The A B Sea Murders

Extra date added on Tuesday 13th September​​​

Join us for a boat trip around the Bay, passing beaches loved by Agatha or featured in her works. Local author Matt Newbury will be providing a commentary, while there will be period music and a full bar on board.

Extra date added on Tuesday 13th September​​​

Tickets: £20

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New Writers on the Riviera

Event 34

Friday 16th September 2022, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey

New Writers on the Riviera

Sarah Pearse and Adam Nevill In Conversation

Meet two brilliant local novelists who are advancing the nail-biting thriller writing tradition of the Bay: Sarah Pearse is the author of The Sanatorium, an instant New York Times & #1 Sunday Times bestseller. Her new book The Retreat is out now. Adam Nevill is the author of The Ritual, Last Days, No One Gets Out and The Reddening - all won The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. Both authors have film adaptations under way.

Tickets: £7.00 / £5.00

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Locked Room Mystery

Festival Fringe 13

Saturday 17th September 2022, 10:00am | Escape HQ Torquay, Escape HQ Dartmouth

Be part of a Locked Room Mystery

Visit Escape HQ in Torquay or Dartmouth

Bring your team along to use your combined detecting skills in a sixty minute puzzle room challenge. Choose from a ‘Sherlock’-themed room in Torquay or an ‘Espionage’ themed room in Dartmouth. Can you crack the case before the timer?

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Agatha Christie and Espionage with Dr Julius Green

Event 35

Saturday 17th September 2022, 11:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie and Espionage

with Dr Julius Green

Julius is an Olivier award-winning theatre producer and a Fellow of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London. The leading authority on Agatha Christie's work as a dramatist, he produced the 2001 Agatha Christie Theatre Festival (a 12-week season of Christie's complete stage works as then known), and in 2006 founded the Agatha Christie Theatre Company for Bill Kenwright Ltd. In 2012 he was invited to write the introduction to HarperCollins' 60th anniversary edition of The Mousetrap and Other Plays, and in 2015 HarperCollins published his book Agatha Christie; A Life in Theatre.

Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00

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Framed!

Event 36

Saturday 17th September 2022, 2:00pm | Palace Theatre Paignton

Framed! 

Presented by PaddleBoat Theatre Company and the International Agatha Christie Festival

PaddleBoat Theatre Company presents a thrilling family whodunnit with their distinctive fingerprints all over it! Expect music, puppetry, clowning and more. Come and help us catch the clues and spot the suspects before Rufus goes down for a crime he didn't commit! 

Tickets: £8.00 / £4.00 (under 16s)

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The Torquay Coin Caper

Festival Fringe 14

Saturday 17th September 2022, 3:00pm | Abbey Park Pitch n Putt Golf Course

The Torquay Coin Caper

Torre Abbey Museum had a rare coin collection on exhibit - had being the key word. A crafty criminal has absconded with the collection, leaving only some cryptic clues on the course of the nearby Pitch N’ Putt.

Tickets: £8.00

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Agatha Christie in the Middle East – a Documentary:  Film directed by Sabine Scharnagl

Event 37

Saturday 17th September 2022, 7:00pm | Torquay Museum, Torquay

Agatha Christie in the Middle East – a Documentary: Film directed by Sabine Scharnagl

Torquay Museum hosts a fascinating documentary by Germany-based film-maker Sabine Scharnagl. The film tells the little-known story of Christie’s life in the Middle East with her second husband, the archaeologist Max Mallowan and includes rare film footage Agatha herself shot whilst joining Max on his excavations in Syria and Iraq, contrasting these images with the reality of the former excavation sites today.

Tickets: FREE OF CHARGE - booking essential

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