Author: Agatha Christie — Genre: Melodrama — Background and Summary — Christie wrote this play in 1958 for the stage. This is the last of her dramatic works, which she valued considerably more than critics who compared this play to her other efforts. […]

Witness For The Prosecution

Author: Agatha Christie — Genre: Courtroom Drama — Background and Summary — This is Agatha Christie’s crowning theatrical achievement. First presented on October 28, 1953, at the Winter Garden Theater, London. It was Adapted by Agatha Christie from her short story of the same name. Upon its move to be presented in the United States, December 16, 1954, it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award as the year’s best foreign play, an […]

The Hollow

Background and Summary -The Hollow is an adaptation of Christie’s book of the same name, a Hercule Poirot story. For the play, she eliminated Poirot and inserted Inspector Colquhoun. This story is barely a mystery; it primarily revolves around romantic interests of the characters and their infidelity resulting in murder. The play was first produced in London at Fortune Theater, June 7th , 1951.[…]

Spider’s Web

Background and Summary – This play was written at the request of Margret Lockwood, who wanted to play a part of a benign character—a contrary role to those she was typically cast into. Agatha Christie uses devices for this play that appeared in other works, Cheap Flat, The Case of the Buried Treasure, and Evil Under the Sun. This is her second longest-running play after The Mouse Trap. It was first presented on December 14, 1954, at the […]

On Borrowed Time

Background and Summary – On Borrowed Time is a two-act fantasy adapted from the novel of the same name by Lawrence E. Watkin. The play was originally produced in 1938, but the time period could be deemed contemporary, although the dialogue may somewhat convey the flavor of the early Twentieth Century. Plot – The cast consists of fifteen characters (12 male and 3 female), primary of which are Pud, a young boy, Julian Northrup (Gramps […]