There’s been a murder...*

Bill Kenwright production ofMURDER ON THE NILEby Agatha Christiedirected by Joe Harmston
Bill Kenwright production ofMURDER ON THE NILEby Agatha Christiedirected by Joe Harmston

THE Agatha Christie Theatre Company have been doing justice to the crime Queen’s page-turners for the past seven years, taking her murderous deliveries out of chapters and putting them on to the stage, writes Sammy Jones.

And crime devourers will be pleased to learn that the company will be back in Milton Keynes from Monday, with Murder on the Nile.

On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom.

When tragedy strikes and a body is discovered, all fingers point to Simon’s ex fiancee.

However, everything is not what it seems and holidaying cleric Canon Pennefather is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit as he finds himself on the trail of a ruthless murderer.

Murder on the Nile was originally performed in 1944, under the title Hidden Horizon, before making its West End and Broadway debut, in 1946, by the more familiar name.

A delicious play needs an equally delicious cast to do it justice, and this production ticks all the boxes – Kate O’Mara has lived it up among the cast of Dynasty (isn’t it about time that classic got a late night repeat on one of the terrestrial channels?) and has spent time banged up in Bad Girls.

Now, glamorous Kate will lead a sterling cast also featuring Dennis Lill who has ‘done time’ in Doctor Who and The Royal, and Susie Amy, the former Footballers Wives star who some of you will remember starred in Panto at MKT back in 2002, making for an overdue return to these parts.

Chloe Newsome previously walked the Corrie cobbles as Vicky McDonald and Ben Nealon commanded as Capt Jeremy Forsythe in Soldier Soldier.

60s pop-prince Mark Wynter is also back on local soil for Murder on the Nile, the latest instalment from the critically acclaimed Theatre Company.

Shows 7.30pm nightly, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets start at £10 and rise to £25.

Call 0844 871 7652 to book a pew.