Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, two of our greatest and most celebrated national treasures, should never have been friends. But they were.
Their paths crossed when they found themselves at the heart of one of British cinema’s most successful franchises.
Murder, Margaret and Me, by Philip Meeks, is a story of friendship, identity and the achievement of women in the long-lost world of the silver screen.
Through exploring their tumultuous relationship, the play seeks to pay homage to these two great women and their hidden histories.
Having completed extensive research, Meeks has used original letters from Agatha to Stringer Davis, Margaret Rutherford’s husband, to authenticate his story.
He comments, “It transpires the two great women had forged a relationship beyond their awkward meeting on the set of Marple. I’ve been able to refer to an amazing archive of letters in this version of the play. It makes me feel even more that what I’ve written is as I intended it to be, a play paying homage to the two great women.”
Meeks adds, “Theatre is all about collaboration and I’m very pleased my old collaborator Damian Cruden is recreating his production of Murder Margaret and Me with such a great cast. Damian really helped to shape the play and it’s always a joy to work with him.”
You can see the Tilted Wig Productions’ comedy at Derby Theatre from November 14-16.
Lin Blakley plays Agatha Christie and is most recently known to audiences as Pam Coker in EastEnders. Sarah Parks plays Margaret Rutherford and Gilly Tompkins plays The Spinster.
For tickets to go http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk