Agatha Christie’s 1922 thriller The Secret Adversary received its world stage premiere at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury on 12 February 2015 in a new adaptation by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari. Introducing crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence to the stage for the very first time, The Secret Adversary will play at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 28 April to Saturday 2 May as part of the 125th Anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth.
Emerald O’Hanrahan and Garmon Rhys will play the roles of Tuppence and Tommy. They are joined by Keiran Buckeridge as Julius, Nigel Lister as Sir James Peel Edgerton, Elizabeth Marsh as Rita / Kramenin, Morgan Philpott as Whittington and Sophie Scott as Jane.
The Secret Adversary is directed by Sarah Punshon and designed by Tom Rogers, with original music and musical arrangements by Alex Silverman, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by David Gregory and movement direction by John Nicholson. The production will be presented as a play with live music.
The Secret Adversary presents the first new stage adaptation of Christie’s work in over a decade. Agatha Christie Limited has chosen the award-winning Watermill Theatre to bring two of Christie’s most vibrant characters to life as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015. With a fresh and inventive theatrical approach, this production promises fast-paced action, shot through with comedy, romance and live music.
The first of five Tommy and Tuppence thrillers which spanned Christie’s writing career (and indeed the lives of the two characters), The Secret Adversary follows the daring and dizzying adventures of the duo through 1920s London. Home from the First World War, flat-broke and unemployed, our intrepid young heroes embark on an outlandish business scheme: ‘The Young Adventurers Limited’ - willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything. Their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem. Will the nation survive? And who exactly is Mr. Brown?
Tommy and Tuppence are set to be the detective couple on everyone’s lips in 2015 when the glamorous pair will also feature in the new BBC television adaptation, Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.
The Secret Adversary will visit the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 28 April – Saturday 2 May. To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or click here and book online.
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