Butter in a Lordly Dish

A dark and gruesome one-act radio play for live performance

Running time: 25 minutes

Cast size: 8


Butter in a Lordly Dish
Sir Luke Enderby, eminent prosecution barrister and seasoned womaniser, bites off more than he can chew, when the case of a serial killer comes back to haunt him. A tense one act thriller that’s contains one of Christie’s most gruesome murders.

Play information

The action moves from the London homes of Mrs. Petter and Sir Luke Enderby to a country cottage in the remote village of Warning Halt.
Running time
25 minutes

Character list

  • Number of male characters: 3
  • Number of female characters: 5
  • Sir Luke Enderby Q.C.
  • Lady Enderby
  • Julia Keene
  • Susan Warren
  • Mrs. Petter
  • Florrie Petter
  • Hayward
  • A Porter

Performing this play

More about this play

The title is a Biblical reference from Judges, 5:25, in which Jael confronts Sisera: "He asked water, and she gave him milk: she brought forth butter in a lordly dish." The play was first broadcast on the BBC Radio Light Programme in 1948 and has been performed live on stage as part of an evening of Christie radio plays in the United Kingdom, Australia, the USA and China.
The bloodcurdling scream of a dying man in one of Agatha Christie’s most gruesome murder plots.
Jack Malvern, The Times, on the occasion of the 2015 release of the radio recordings