The Hollow by Agatha Christie
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About the show
As with his research, Dr John Cristow’s love life is complicated, with a downtrodden wife, artistic mistress and Hollywood ex-lover. Escaping to a country house for the weekend, this tangled web ends in murder. Anyone could have done it, but who pulled the trigger and why?
An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, arguably Christie’s finest comic grande dame. Dr. Cristow, the Harley Street lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor Henrietta and his former lover and Hollywood film star Veronica. Also visiting are Edward and Midge whose romantic assertions are likewise thrown into the mix. As the list of romantic associations grow so does the list of potential suspects when Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive but only one of them did the deed.
Cast:In order of appearance
|Henrietta Angkatell||Hope Baxter|
|Cousin of Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. An sculptor of some renown. Currently in residence at the Hollow because of a fire in her studio. Shrewd and sensible in most matters with the possible exception of her paramour Dr Christow|
|Sir Henry Angkatell, KCB||Alex Moore|
|Retired diplomat who saw service around the world, his career ending with the independence of India. Is protective of, and sympathetic towards, his wife's eccentricities|
|Lady Angkatell||Alison Munro|
|A true English eccentric lightning strike. Has scandalised the diplomatic service with a cavalier attitude to something as sacred as the seating plan|
|Midge Harvey||Kate Spivey|
|Youngest member of the family, only a “half-Angkatell” and without any private income. As such she works in what Sir Henry calls “That damned dress shop”. Very practical about life, but with a bit of a thing for Edward.|
|The Butler. Ruthlessly efficient, loyal as a hound and an expert in managing Her Ladyship's irregular behaviour.|
|Edward Angkatell||Michael Dempsey|
|The current scion of the Angkatell clan and resident at the family seat Ainswick. If you believe the stream of superlatives dripping from various characters Ainswick is better than Blenheim and Chatsworth combined|
|The under-housemaid. Has a strong sense of justice and a love of the films of Veronica Craye|
|Gerda Christow||Sam Islam|
|Somewhat suffering but very devoted wife of Dr Christow. Seems to have problems keeping up with the residents of the Hollow' random ways|
|John Christow, MD, FRCP||Craig McCrindle|
|An attractive ladies' man hovering on the border of bounderism. Far more interested in diseases and Henrietta than patients and his wife|
|Veronica Craye||Alex Maher|
|Glamorous movie-star. British but resident in Hollywood for the last 10 years. Was engaged to Dr Christow when they were both younger until he refused to abandon his career as hers took off. Still very much in love with John|
|Inspector Colquhoun, CID||Ian Gibbard|
|A gentleman detective with a earnest but empathetic way with the suspects. Not above the occasional use of knowing misdirection if he thinks it will get the right result.|
|Detective Sergeant Penny||Catherine Newsome|
|A solid member of the constabulary, has the air of someone who has put the hard miles in before joining the plain clothes division. Knows their way around below stairs.|
The Director’s bit:
Thanks to The Snowdrop Project for the use of their building. The Snowdrop Project is a charity supporting survivors of human trafficking in South Yorkshire. To find out more please visit www.snowdropproject.co.uk
Also thank you to hemingways for the rehearsal space