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Fiddlers Three is a two act play written by Agatha Christie in 1972. The play was first written and performed as Fiddlers Five, which toured briefly in 1971 after opening in Bristol.

The revised version toured in the provinces for several weeks after its premiere at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on August 1, 1972, but failed to meet with success. The play was never transferred to the West End.

Christie pushed for the play to be performed, much against the wishes of her daughter, Rosalind Hicks, who was protective of her mother's reputation and felt that this production would damage it. The revised version of the play incorporated several suggestions from its director, Allan Davis, who had seen the previous 1971 version.

1972 cast

  • Doris Hare
  • Raymond Francis
  • Arthur Howard
  • Mark Wing-Davey
  • Gabor Baraker
  • Julia Vidler

Plot summary

Trying to get their hands on more than a little inheritance, a group of young people hide the body of a dead tycoon. But what starts as a lark quickly becomes all too serious when they discover that the body is in fact a murder victim. A comedy about business and finance, with a strong undercurrent of criminal activity, the play combines humour, intricate plotting and a confounding murder.


  • Gina Jones
  • Sally Blunt
  • Sam Fletcher
  • Felix Bogusian
  • Henry Panhacker
  • Jonathan Panhacker
  • An Air Hostess
  • Dr. Nolan
  • A Waiter
  • Mr. Trustcott
  • Mr. Moss


The action takes place between the offices of Fletcher Developments, near Victoria and a private suite at a Bognor Regis Hotel.