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Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre is non-fiction work by Julius Green which provides a detailed treatment of the plays of Agatha Christie, covering aspects such as the history and evolution of her playwriting career and how they were staged, as well as the literary content of her dramatic works. The book was published by HarperCollins in 2015. A later edition in paperback and ebook was published in 2018. This had a slightly different title "Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre". Julius Green is a producer who has staged numerous West End plays and has a special research interest in the works of Agatha Christie.

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Agatha Christie is revered around the world for her books and for the indelible characters she created. Less well-known today is her writing for the stage - an extraordinary repertoire of plays that firmly established her as the most successful female dramatist of all time. Now Julius Green raises the curtain on Agatha Christie's towering contribution to popular theatre, an element of her work previously disregarded by biographers and historians.

Starting with her childhood theatre-going experiences, the book uncovers Agatha's first serious attempts at play-writing, with scripts that reveal a very different style to the now familiar whodunits for which she became famous. In later life her work for the stage enjoyed enormous global success, but her record-breaking achievements in the West End and her conquest of Broadway came at a price: she had to fight against her own fame and felt obliged to delete Hercule Poirot from stories that had originally been created around him.

Julius Green's revelations about Agatha Christie's passion for the theatre are illustrated with copious extracts from hitherto unknown plays and unpublished private letters, many of which were discovered by him in archives on both sides of the Atlantic. The illuminating exchanges between Agatha, her agents and producers, include extensive correspondence with the legendary 'Mousetrap Man', theatrical impresario Sir Peter Saunders.

Meticulously researched and filled with ground-breaking discoveries, Curtain Up sheds new light on Agatha Christie's artistry and adds a fascinating layer to her remarkable story.

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