Peril at End House

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Peril at End House (1940) is a two-act play adapted by Arnold Ridley (1896-1984) [1].

The original text

The play is an adaptation for the stage by Ridley of the novel Peril at End House (1933) by Agatha Christie (1890-1976)[2]. The play opened in the West End of London at the Vaudeville Theatre on 1 May, 1940, with "Poirot" being played by Francis L. Sullivan.

The original novel has been translated to many other languages and also adapted to radio, film, television, graphic novel and a computer game.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Staged in South Africa by Pieter Toerien Productions, directed by Rex Garner. Staged at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and at the André Huguenet Theatre in Johannesburg. The cast consisted of Bill Flynn ("Hercule Poirot"), Martin Bailie ("Captain Hastings"), Jocelyn Broderick ("Frances Rice"), Eleni Cousins ("Maggie/Janet Buckley"), Errol Hart ("Terry Ord"), Margaret Heale ("Mrs. Croft"), Christine le Brocq ("Ellen"), Paddy Lyster ("Inspector Weston"), Don Maguire ("Commander Challenger - in the Cape Town run), Ralph Draper ("Commander Challenger" - in the Johannesburg run), Grant Preston ("Charles Vyse"), Malcolm Terrey ("Stanley Croft") and Gaynor Young ("Nicky Buckley"). The lighting was by Jannie Swanepoel and the sets designed and painted by Kay Page.


Theatre programme notes for the Toerien Production

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