Murder on the Orient Express - Ken Ludwig adaptation

An adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, by Ken Ludwig

There are some territorial licensing restrictions on this play

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Cast size: 10


Murder on the Orient Express - Ken Ludwig adaptation
Eight suspects, one thrilling ride... Winter 1934. The Orient Express is travelling through Europe when its journey is halted by a snowdrift. A man is found stabbed in his bed, and famous detective Hercule Poirot - who happens to be on his way back to London from Istanbul - is called upon to investigate the murder. Each of his fellow travellers is suspicious...

Play information

Running time
1 hour 50 minutes

Character list

  • Number of male characters: 5
  • Number of female characters: 5
  • Hercule Poirot
  • Monsieur Bouc
  • Mary Debenham
  • Hector MacQueen
  • Michel the conductor
  • Princess Dragomiroff
  • Greta Ohlsson
  • Countess Andrenyi
  • Helen Hubbard
  • Colonel Arbuthnot
  • Samuel Ratchett (doubles with the Colonel)
  • Head Waiter (doubles with Michel)

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...a highly enjoyable piece of theatre. It’s fun to follow, and it’s gorgeous to look at.
Tim Dunleavy, DC Metro Theatre Arts

Additional information

Please note: this play is not currently available for amateur licensing in the UK and there may be other territorial licensing restrictions on this play.

A play adapted from Agatha Christie's classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express by Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You).

Murder on the Orient Express is widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements. First published in 1934, the stylish, suspenseful murder mystery about an unlikely cast of potential suspects - including a colonel, a princess and a countess, all with alibis – trapped aboard the luxurious Orient Express during a snow storm features one of the most iconic fictional detectives of all time – Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. Ludwig’s stage adaptation promises fans of the mystery classic the same suspenseful, thrilling ride.

The play had its world premiere at the multi-award-winning McCarter Theatre, Princeton in 2017, directed by Emily Mann (Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway).