Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre

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From the producer of numerous Agatha Christie stage plays comes the first book to examine the world's bestselling mystery writer's career and work as a playwright, published to commemorate her 125th birthday.

Agatha Christie has long been revered around the world for her mysteries and the indelible characters she created, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. In addition to her contributions as a novelist, this gifted writer was also an acclaimed playwright. Offering a unique, in-depth look at her work for the stage, Curtain Up analyzes her plays and features excerpts from Agatha Christie's correspondences, notebooks, and several unpublished and unperformed scripts quoted from for the first time.

Meticulously researched, peppered with groundbreaking discoveries--including a details discussion of her only play to premiere in America--Curtain Up sheds new light on Christie's artistry and adds a fascinating layer to her remarkable story.

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"Exploring her plays from 'page to stage' he shows that Christie regarded writing books as her day job but found true "creative fulfilment" in the theatre."--Daily Mail (UK)

"Green turned detective himself and scoured archives around the world to uncover a number of unpublished, unknown works ... This book is a treat."--Independent (UK)

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Agatha Christie is revered around the world for her books and the indelible characters she created. Lesser known is her writing for the stage--an extraordinary repertoire of plays that firmly established her as the most successful female dramatist of all time. Now author Julius Green raises the curtain on Christie's towering contribution to popular theatre, an element of her work previously disregarded by biographers and historians.

Starting with her childhood theatregoing experiences, Curtain Up uncovers Christie's first serious attempts at playwriting, with scripts that reveal a very different style from the now familiar whodunits for which she became famous. Later in her life, she enjoyed enormous global success with her work for the stage, but her record-breaking achievements in the West End and her conquest of Broadway came at a price: she had to fight against her own fame and felt obliged to delete her adored character Hercule Poirot from stories that had originally been created around him.

Green's revelations about Christie's passion for the theatre are illustrated with copious extracts from hitherto unknown plays and unpublished private letters, many of which he discovered in archives on both sides of the Atlantic. The illuminating exchanges between Christie, her agents and producers include extensive correspondence with the legendary 'Mousetrap Man', theatrical impresario Sir Peter Saunders.

Meticulously researched and filled with groundbreaking discoveries, Curtain Up sheds new light on Agatha Christie's artistry and adds a fascinating layer to her remarkable story.

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