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The novel Death on the Nile started out as a play entitled Moon on the Nile.[1] This play was never performed nor published. Subsequently, In the late 1930s Christie developed the work into her better-known novel which was published in 1937.

In the 1940s, at the behest of her actor friend Francis L. Sullivan, Christie made a stage adaptation of Death on the Nile, either by resurrecting the old play or adapting afresh from the novel. A script was completed in 1942 and was also at first entitled Moon on the Nile[2] but was soon renamed Hidden Horizon and then Murder on the Nile.

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  1. Agatha Christie Limited. So says this page on Agatha Christie Limited.com which we must assume to be authoritative.
  2. Julius Green, Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre, (London: HarperCollins, 2018), pp, ebook edition.202-203. Correspondence with Christie's agent uses "Moon on the Nile. There is also a script carrying Sullivan's address. On it the title "Moon on the Nile" has been crossed out and "Hidden Horizon" written in by hand.
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