A play dramatising the real-life mystery surrounding the disappearance of the famous thriller writer Agatha Christie will be staged at The Georgian Theatre Royal on Friday 5 April at 7.30pm.
Where is Mrs Christie? will hold a particular interest for local audiences given that the nearby town of Harrogate played an important part in this fascinating story.
In 1926, Agatha Christie – the best-selling novelist of all time – was at the centre of an intrigue as perplexing as any of her fiction. On 3 December, the then 36-year-old left her home in Sunningdale, Berkshire. The following morning her vehicle was found in Surrey abandoned with a fur coat and driving licence inside.
Her disappearance sparked one of the biggest and most extensive manhunts in history, involving over 1,000 police officers.
The prime suspect at the time was her husband Colonel Archibald Christie, who had recently told his wife that he wanted to start divorce proceedings as he had fallen in love with a young woman called Nancy Neele.
Eleven days later Agatha Christie was discovered at The Old Swan luxury hotel in Harrogate where she had registered under the name of her husband’s lover.
She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Starring Liz Grand, Where is Mrs Christie? is an intriguing one-woman show from the Worcester Repertory Company that explores the many questions surrounding the author’s disappearance that still exist today.
Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life?
Directed and written by Chris Jaeger, the ‘whodunnit’ becomes a ‘whydunnit’ with Christie herself as narrator, defendant and defence counsel. All aspects of her life – celebrity author, mother, daughter and wife – are on trial.
“Liz Grand is compelling in the title role. So persuasive is she that we the audience become co-conspirators. Her Christie is irresistibly engaging, vulnerable, confiding and ultimately indomitable in her strength of spirit.”