Murder on the Orient Express available to theatre groups in US


Murder on the Orient Express available to theatre groups in US

Samuel French, the world’s premier theatrical publishing and licensing company, will represent English language stage performance rights in the US and Canada for Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express. The play, adapted from the novel by two-time Tony nominee and Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, is now available for licencing by amateur groups and regional theatres throughout North America.

The adaptation was originally staged by McCarter Theater Center, one of the US' leading regional theatres located on the campus of Princeton University. It was directed by Emily Mann and opened on March 17, 2017. The production subsequently transferred to Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT in February 2018.

James Prichard, Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd, said: “I’m delighted that Ken Ludwig’s superb adaptation of my great-grandmother’s timeless story is now available to theatre producers across North America, through our partners at Samuel French. It is a fantastic complement to the definitive Agatha Christie Collection of plays written by or with the direct involvement of my great grandmother herself.”

“I’m honored that Agatha Christie Limited asked me to write this adaptation for the stage,” commented Ken Ludwig, “and I’m delighted that Samuel French is looking after it.”

“Murder on the Orient Express combines the talents of two literary giants in the retelling of this masterful mystery,” remarked Bruce Lazarus of Samuel French, Inc. “Ken Ludwig’s adaptation captures all the suspense that you expect from well-known crime novelist Agatha Christie.”

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