The Hollow - Play

  • Play
  • 1951

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder.

The worst of murder is it does upset the servants so. We were to have duck for lunch. Still, cold duck can be quite nice.

Lady Angkatell

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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.

A genuine crowd pleaser and a worthwhile evening of entertainment.
Leah D. Frank, New York Times

The play was adapted by Agatha Christie from her novel of the same title, The Hollow. The play opened at the Fortune Theatre in the West End in 1951, produced by Peter Saunders. Its success led to Christie giving Saunders the script of The Mousetrap.

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