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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.


  1. Agatha Christie Limited. So says this page on Agatha Christie 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.