Appointment With Death - Play

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First published: 1945

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Appointment With Death - Play

Appointment With Death - Play

An assorted group of travellers find themselves thrown together on an expedition to the rose red city of Petra. When one of them is found dead, the group find themselves among the suspects.

They have been in prison so long that if the prison door stands open they would no longer notice!

Dr. Gerard

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An assorted group of travellers find themselves thrown together on an expedition to the rose red city of Petra. At the centre of the group are Mrs. Boynton and her four stepchildren who never leave her side. This apparent devotion however is actually a façade for something far more sinister. Sarah King, a young English doctor, and her colleague, the eminent psychologist, Dr. Theodore Gerard, find themselves embroiled in a battle to free the children from the sadistic grasp of a tyrannical woman. This chilling play offers a unique take on the classic murder mystery, where Christie explores the realms of the sadistic mind and the devastating effects of long term psychological abuse.

The play was adapted by Agatha Christie from her story, Appointment with Death, which was published in 1938. She kept the title but removed the character of Hercule Poirot and changed the identity of the killer. The play opened at the King's Theatre on 29th January 1945 and later transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End.

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