Left to right: Graham Banville, Garrett McCrea, Hannah Smith, Oliver Parkins, Douglas Conners, Robert McMahon, Terry Wade, Damien Schaefer, Lyndsay Byrne, Barry Yuen, Sarah Knight.
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie's theatrical adaptation from her original novel is a sinister, yet darkly playful mystery wherein no one's life is safe and no one is above suspicion.
Eight strangers with no apparent ties to each other are lured under false pretenses to a weekend getaway to a country home on isolated Soldier Island. Upon their arrival, they become dismayed to learn the only other residents on the island are two house servants and that their host and hostess are remarkably absent.
There is a curious decorative choice in the main room of the home—a framed nursery rhyme called "Ten Little Soldiers" that hangs above the fireplace along with matching figurines on the mantelpiece.
As the night grows dark, these ten strangers discover they are all pawns in an elaborate, Machiavellian plot with the intent to kill each of them one by one until there is no one left. Marooned and isolated, what was once a disparate group now finds they must choose alliances and trust each other if they are ever to survive the weekend.
And Then There Were None was originally a novel, published in 1939. It is among Agatha Christie's best-known novels and often considered to be one of her best. She herself said it was the most difficult to write of all her books. Christie wrote the first stage adaptation in 1943, with some changes from the original plot.
Agatha Christie was born Agatha Miller in Torquay, U.K., in 1890. She trained as a singer and pianist, but was too shy to be a performer. She wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in response to a challenge from her sister Clara. It was published in 1920.
Altogether she published 66 detective novels, 15 collections of short stories, 19 plays (many of which are adapted from her novels), as well as an autobiography and Come, Tell Me How You Live about her time in Syria and Iraq with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan.
The Guinness Book of World Records calls Christie the best-selling novelist of all time, with total sales of around four billion copies. She is also the world's most translated author. More than 30 films have been based on her plays and novels. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1971.
Agatha Christie died in Torbay, U.K., in 1976.
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LinksOfficial Agatha Christie Website
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