A Murder is Announced


Writers: Agatha Christie Leslie Darbon


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Based on the Play/Book/Film
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
Number of Acts
First Produced
Period, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
A Victorian house in the village of Chipping Cleghorn, England, 1950s
Cast Size
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes mature adult, adult, young adult characters


In the quiet, little village of Chipping Cleghorn, an announcement in the local newspaper causes a stir among the residents. There is to be a murder in the home of Miss Blacklock that evening! As Miss Blacklock, her lodgers, and curious visitors begin to arrive, tensions mount and everyone wonders if it’s all a silly joke. However, the victim proves to be an unexpected visitor and not Miss Blacklock or one of the villagers at all. With the arrival of Inspector Craddock, a murder investigation begins. Somewhat to his frustration, he is joined by amateur sleuth Miss Marple, who is always one step ahead. They reveal that Miss Blacklock is due to inherit a huge sum of money, but who would stand to gain from her murder? In a classic Agatha Christie tale of concealed identities, desperation, mixed motives, and another death, it takes a risky strategy to uncover the true identity of the murderer.

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