Slightly off topic but have you seen any crime fiction at the theatre?Slightly off topic but have you seen any crime fiction at the theatre? Nick #questionnaire #fiction
Yes, Peter James, has had a couple of plays put on stage, from his books. His first book, Dead Simple was portrayed brilliantly. I did wonder how they would do it, but it worked!
My god ! we saw – Love with a Stranger at the TheatreRoyal last year and it was classic acting in the forties/fifties and the lead man and woman had a love scene that involved her back to us on a kitchen table and something that made most of the audience gasp… the lead man then went on to talk to the person who so nearly caught them at it wiping his fingers on the seat of his trousers with his back to the audience! In the interval it was all you could hear people talking about! A decent play, but probably memorable for the wrong reasons!
Other than that – I’ve seen several Christie’s that were less memorable- I don’t know why, can’t seem to put my finger on it… ?
I saw an AmDram production of “The Big Sleep” which was a vague interpretation of the book and borrowed more from Chandler’s “Killer in the Rain”.
oh, and An Inspector Calls
@Jan, I saw this when I was doing ‘O’ level lit… ?
I know I’ve seen others but can’t think of the titles
@Andi Never had theatre trips from my school B|
@Jan, was about 36 yrs ago. Gosh, makes me feel old. Lol
I left school in 1969 (or was it 70?) a long time past 🙂
OMG that’s half a century! And ‘you’ feel old? 🙂
No, but I would like to..
Oh and I have “been” in a production of a murder mystery play which turned out to be more than a little embarrassing for me
Abbie Rutherford I was performing alongside my former English teacher from secondary school
…and well when it came to auditioning for the part I had a rather difficult scene to do
Yes saw the Rebus play Long Shadows…thoroughly enjoyed it…Jim McDonald from Corrie played Rebus which I was sceptical about but I thought he did well
Going to see House on Cold Hill the Peter James book at Richmond Theatre in April. Really looking forward to it.
That’s it, we are going to look into going to see one. We need to do this kind of thing. Thanks @Nick for the inspiration ?
Going to see ‘The Sign of Four’ in March. Peterborough.
Mousetrap qualifies I imagine. It was great x
I directed an amateur production of ‘And There Were None’ a few years ago. Christie adapted it herself and it was a joy to direct. Her S-Ds were concise but incredibly detailed and precise. Apparently the reason she adapted some of her novels for the stage was that she was sick and tired of others butchering them.
@Kendal wonder what she would make of the huge crime genre today x
@Kerry Interesting question. I guess like a lot of us, a bit overcrowded perhaps but plenty of talent out there. No danger of it fading any time soon!
I’ve seen lots of Agatha Christie adaptations including And then there were none and Black Coffee. I’ve also seen the mousetrap, witness for the prosecution. Recently I’ve seen the 3 Peter James Roy Grace plays.
Witness… is my favourite. Also the first one I ever saw as a child / young teenager. The twists and turns blew me away!
Seen The Mousetrap and An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls is an interesting one. Uses the conventions of crime fiction / theatre but IS there a crime committed..? Lovely stuff.
Mousetrap and Sherlock Final Curtain- both great
The Verdict coming up soon
I saw Peter James book made into a play. I cant remember the name (2nd or 3rd book in the dead series). Shane Richie played Roy Grace and was fantastic
I saw an episode of Columbo which was great, Richard Hillman the baddy who used to be in Corrie was in it, it had a very seventies feel
Also saw the mousetrap by Agatha Christie can’t tell you anything about that one as we are swarm to secrecy by the cast at the end
I saw The Mousetrap when it was in its 28th year ? I still have the programme somewhere. Can’t believe it has now been running for well over 60! Have seen various others since and am going to see a production of Rebus next month.
Mousetrap, and we loved it. I should look out for more.
Mouse Trap few years ago now
Loads of agatha christie
Does Macbeth count??
Mouse trap, couple of Peter James “Roy Grace series”, An inspector calls, Witness for the prosecution, the verdict and couple other Agatha Christie’s. All fab. My favourite was Peter James Dead Simple, was very cleverly done.
Years ago I saw the premiere of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth with Anthony Quayle and and Keith Baxter. It was excellent, and I got to go backstage afterwards to meet Quayle who was absolutely charming.
Does The Mousetrap count? And some years back I saw An Inspector Calls on Broadway. Also (also some years back) the actor Richard Todd in a play in Mayfair… ? Oops, forgot Hounds of the Baskervilles in Oxford (1998?), Sweeney Todd in NY, and Sleuth in Canada. I’m sure there were others. All good!
The Mirror Cracked is about to tour; hope to see it in Salisbury.
Mouse Trap and An Inspector Calls.
Only The Mousetrap which I saw many many years ago in London’s West End.