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Towards Zero is a 1956 play written by Agatha Christie based on her 1944 novel with the same name.

In 1956, Christie adapted the book into a play with Gerald Verner. The play was first staged on 4th September 1956 at the St James's Theatre in the West End of London, and the director was Murray MacDonald. The play was produced by Peter Saunders.

The play was first published by Samuel French Ltd. in 1957. Toward Zero was included in the 1978 Christie play collection, The Mousetrap and Other Plays.

Christie first wrote a stage play under this title in 1945, with one week of performances in Martha's Vineyard. The script was uncovered in 2015 by Julius Green.

Original West End cast

2019 The Mill as Sonning production

The play was directed by Brian Blessed, and starred both his wife and his daughter.


  • Hildegard Neil as Lady Tressilian
  • Rosalind Blessed as Mary
  • Rob Heanley as Neville Strange
  • Bethan Nash as Kay Strange
  • Kate Tydman as Audrey Strange
  • Patrick Myles as Thomas Royde
  • Duncan Wilkins as Ted Latimer
  • George Telfer as Superintendent Battle
  • Chris Pybus as Inspector Leach
  • Noel White as Matthew Treves