Murder on the Orient Express


A play adapted from Agatha Christie's classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express by Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You).

Murder on the Orient Express is widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements. First published in 1934, the stylish, suspenseful murder mystery about an unlikely cast of potential suspects - including a colonel, a princess and a countess, all with alibis – trapped aboard the luxurious Orient Express during a snow storm features one of the most iconic fictional detectives of all time – Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. Ludwig’s stage adaptation promises fans of the mystery classic the same suspenseful, thrilling ride.

The play had its world premiere at the multi-award-winning McCarter Theatre, Princeton in 2017, directed by Emily Mann (Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway). Ken Ludwig has said of adapting the production, that the goal was to give the audience two hours with "glamorous, interesting people."

Show synopsis

Eight suspects, one thrilling ride... Winter 1934. The Orient Express is travelling through Europe when its journey is halted by a snowdrift. A man is found stabbed in his bed, and famous detective Hercule Poirot - who happens to be on his way back to London from Istanbul - is called upon to investigate the murder. Each of his fellow travellers is suspicious...

A love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script adaptation by Ken Ludwig. ... [E]verything you could want - broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects.
Broadway World

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer 2017

Did you know?

  1. During rehearsals for the 2017 premiere, the cast got a very special lesson in method acting. On the second day of tech, a terrible blizzard caused some members of the cast to ask if the theatre would be shut down due to weather.

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