Murder on the Nile

A murder mystery on board a river cruiser in three acts taken from Death on the Nile

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Cast size: 13


Murder on the Nile
Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.

Play information

The action takes place cruising on the River Nile in the observation saloon of the paddle steamer Lotus.
Running time
2 hours 10 minutes

Character list

  • Number of male characters: 8
  • Number of female characters: 5
  • 1st Beadseller
  • 2nd Beadseller
  • Steward
  • Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes
  • Christina Grant
  • Smith
  • Louise
  • Dr. Bessner
  • Kay Mostyn
  • Simon Mostyn
  • Canon Pennefather
  • Jacqueline de Severac
  • Mcnaught

Performing this play

More about this play

The play is based on her 1937 novel Death on the Nile, which in itself started off as a play that Christie called Moon on the Nile. It opened at Dundee Repertory Theatre under the title Hidden Horizon and eventually in at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End in March 1946.
As slick a vehicle as any theatre company could wish for.
Leah D. Frank, New York Times