Stage Case Study: Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie's world famous novel has been brought to the stage by two-time Olivier award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig.


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...

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The play premiered in McCarter, Princeton, USA in late 2017, and has now seen productions performed throughout the world to critical acclaim including in Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan and Spain.

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Article: Riding the Orient Express With Ken Ludwig and Emily Mann.

A love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script adaptation by Ken Ludwig. ... [E]verything you could want - broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects
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