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A Murder is Announced is a play adapted by Leslie Darbon from the novel with the same name, by Agatha Christie.

1977 production

It was first presented by Peter Saunders at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 21st September 1977. It was directed by Robert Chetwyn with decor by Anthony Holland.[1] The production closed on September 30th 1978.[2]

1977 cast (in the order of their appearance)

1978 tour

In 1978 a touring production ran from October 2nd until December 9th. The production was directed by Robert Chetwyn.[3]

1978 cast

  • Patricia Kneale as Dora Bunner
  • Richard Lindfield as Edward Swettenham
  • Dermot Walsh as Inspector Craddock
  • Kirsten Cooke as Julia Simmons
  • Barbara Shelley as Letitia Blacklock
  • Dulcie Gray as Miss Marple
  • Elisabeth Scott as Mitzi
  • Jacqueline Lacey as Mrs Swettenham
  • Richard Kettles as Patrick Simmons
  • Val Meredok as Philippa Haymes
  • Tony Parkin as Rudi Scherz/Sgt Mellors

1979 London production

The play opened again at the Vaudeville Theatre on March 15th 1979 and closed on June 9th the same year. This time the director was Charles Hickman.[4]

1979 London cast

  • Ewan Roberts as Inspector Craddock
  • Jean Kent as Letitia Blacklock
  • Joyce Carey as Miss Marple
  • Mia Nadasi as Mitzi
  • Glynis Barber as Julia Simmons
  • June Abbott unknown part
  • Giles Cole unknown part
  • William Dalton unknown part
  • Margaret Gibson unknown part
  • Peter Porteous unknown part
  • Jill Raymond unknown part

1979 Bournemouth production

A production was performed at the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth from May 7th until June 23rd, 1979. It was directed by Robert Chetwyn.[5]

1979 Bournemouth cast

  • Patricia Kneale as Dora Bunner
  • Tony Price-Jones as Edmund Swettenham
  • Dermot Walsh as Inspector Craddock
  • Lynette Bennett as Julia Simmons
  • Margaret Ashcroft as Letitia Blacklock
  • Dora Bryan as Miss Marple
  • Elisabeth Scott as Mitzi
  • Daphne Odin-Pearse as Mrs Swettenham
  • Richard Kettles as Patrick Simmons
  • Susan Majolier as Philippa Haymes
  • Colin Reese as Sgt Mellors

1987 tour

The production was directed by Charles Stapley.[6]

1987 cast

1990 production

In 1990 a production was performed at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

1990 cast

  • Madeleine Moffatt as Dora
  • Sean Aita as Edmund Swettenham
  • Richard Todd as Inspector Craddock
  • Margaret Ashcroft as Letitia
  • Avril Angers as Miss Marple
  • Jacqueline Lacey as Mrs Swettenham
  • Jonathan Lermit as Patrick
  • Paul Lowther as Rudi Sherz
  • Jo Rideout as Mitzi
  • Marie McCarthy as Philipa

2015/2016 tour production

Middle Ground Theatre Company. Designed and directed by Michael Lunney.

2015/2016 production.

Cast

2017 tour production

Middle Ground Theatre Company. Designed and directed by Michael Lunney.

2017 production.

Cast

2019/2020 UK & Ireland tour production

Middle Ground Theatre Company. Designed and directed by Michael Lunney.

2019/2020 production.

Cast

References

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