Review: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at The Gaiety


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There’s nothing nicer than chilling out on a Bank Holiday and when you get a chance to go see some theatre, that tops it off. The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin was the location for Agatha Christie’s Murder on The Nile, on its sixty fifth anniversary tour. The story unfolds as a group of vacationers meet onboard a boat heading down the Nile.

Onboard are a Canon, a young gent with a sense of fun, Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes a seemingly wealthy travelled lady along with her niece, a Doctor and a couple of newly weds and the groom’s ex. This play was adapted from Christie’s 1937 novel, ‘Death in the Nile’ and was first performed in 1944 and somehow it hasn’t aged very well. The world where these people live is very different to what we know now. This is still a world where only the wealthy upper classes could ever dream of going on a holiday like this.

The story isn’t a typical whodunit either? Where with, for example JB Priestly’s An Inspector Calls, the entire play is exploring the leads to find the answer, here, almost of the entirety of the first half of the play is building up the story. This leaves the second half of the play for the Canon to declare himself head detective trying to find out the killer before the police arrive.

‘Murder on the Nile’ is worth seeing for a number of reasons, it does portray a time in British culture and the atitudes of the wealthy. The star of the show though is Nichola McAuliffe, who recently joined the cast in place of Kate O’Mara. She beautifully transforms the character of Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes into a caricature of a stately well do lady. Her performance alone is worth seeing the show for.

It runs in The Gaiety Theatre until November 3rd.

Nichola McAuliffe joins the cast of Murder on the Nile

Nichola McAuliffe

MurderOnTheNilebannerAgatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Nile’ is set to come to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre from October 29th to November 3rd. Nichola McAuliffe is now to join the cast as ‘Miss ffiliot-ffoulkes’. She replaces Kate O’Mara who was in the role until recently but had to withdraw from the production due to ill health.

Nichola McAuliffeNot sure who Nichola McAuliffe is?

‘NICHOLA MCAULIFFE is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses and has had a long and varied career on stage and on screen. Her television credits include Sheila Sabatini in seven series of ITV’s Surgical Spirit, Anita in Coronation Street, and Vivian Rook in Dr. Who. Recent theatre credits include the UK tour of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, Hay Fever at the Rose Kingston, The Mikado at the Gielgud Theatre and Plague over England at the Finborough. She enjoyed great success with her own play A British Subject, at the Edinburgh Fringe, at London’s Arts Theatre and off Broadway.’

Still involved in the production are Susie Amy, star of 71 Degrees North and Footballers’ Wives, as ‘Kay Mostyn’, Ben Nealon, fondly remembered as Capt Jeremy Forsythe from the long running ITV drama Soldier Soldier, as ‘Simon Mostyn’, and 60’s pop idol, Mark Wynter as ‘Dr Bessner’ and Robert Duncan, prolific stage actor and star of the television hit Drop the Dead Donkey, who stars as ‘Canon Pennefather’.

Tickets for The Gaiety range from €17.50 to €40 and can be purchased from The Gaiety Box Office.

Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on The Nile’ comes to The Gaiety Theatre


MurderOnTheNileI was really exciting when I heard this, I’ve never seen ‘Murder on The Nile’ and it was definitely on my to do list, now it’s coming to The Gaiety Theatre for a short run from Monday 29th October to Saturday 3rd of November. I’ve also learned two things today, it’s the 65th Anniversary Production of Murder on The Nile and there’s an official Agatha Christie Theatre Company and it is they who are presenting this production.. there ye go!

Here are all the deets:
Murder on the Nile stars star KATE O’MARA, prolific stage actress and star of television hits including Dynasty and Bad Girls, as ‘Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes’, SUSIE AMY, star of 71 Degrees North and Footballers’ Wives, as ‘Kay Mostyn’, BEN NEALON, fondly remembered as Capt Jeremy Forsythe from the long running ITV drama Soldier Soldier, as ‘Simon Mostyn’, and 60’s pop idol, MARK WYNTER as ‘Dr Bessner’. From 27 August 2012, they are joined by ROBERT DUNCAN, prolific stage actor and star of the television hit Drop the Dead Donkey, who will star as ‘Canon Pennefather’.

On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom. Tragedy strikes and a body is discovered, all fingers point to Simon’s ex fiancée. However, everything is not what it seems and holidaying cleric Canon Pennefather is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit as he finds himself on the trail of a ruthless murderer.

Agatha Christie’s stage adaptation of the novel Death on the Nile was first performed in 1944 under the title Hidden Horizon; it later opened in the West End and on Broadway as Murder on the Nile in 1946.

Murder on the Nile follows the hugely successful; The Hollow, The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None, Spider’s Web, Witness For The Prosecution, and Verdict,. This latest instalment from The Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company directed by JOE HARMSTON promises a host of colourful characters and all the twists and turns of a classic Christie to keep you guessing to the final shattering climax.

Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Ltd presents
The Agatha Christie Theatre Company
Director – Joe Harmston
Designer – Simon Scullion
Lighting Designer – Mike Robertson

Ticket prices range from €17.50 to €40 and can be purchased from The Gaiety Box Office

See Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ For Free!


LaTouchePLayersHands up who doesn’t want to have a night out for nowt? Yeah thought so! Right, tomorrow is Midsummer’s Day, yes, time flies. Get yourself out of the house and get some culture!

The La Touche Players are putting on a free rehearsed reading in the Teacher’s Club William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (abridged) in the Teacher’s Club in Parnell Square tomorrow night at 8pm.

This production is directed by Emily Maher and is for ONE NIGHT ONLY plus there is NO DOOR TAX, yes, entry is free.

So to recap: the details:

La Touche Players presents:
William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (abridged)

Directed by Emily Maher

For one midsummer night only… FREE ENTRY!

Thursday 21st June at 8pm

Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

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Fiona Looney’s Greener: Rehearsals start today!

GreenerToday sees the first rehearsals for Fiona Looney’s new play ‘Greener’, which will have its World Premier on May 1st at The Gaiety Theatre.

Here’s the blurb and booking details:

Six years ago, Pauline McLynn and Deirdre O’Kane played best friends and neighbours pulling up ‘Dandelions’ in Fiona Looney’s smash-hit debut comedy.

‘Greener’ reunites the two actresses in a gloriously funny, heartbreaking new play which is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of plays by Looney which included ‘Dandelions’ and ‘October’ starring Victoria Smurfit.

‘Greener’ features an all star cast of actors known both on stage and on screen. Joining PAULINE MCLYNN (‘Father Ted’, ‘Shameless’) and the award-winning actress and comedienne DEIRDRE O’KANE (‘Paths to Freedom’, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’) will be LORCAN CRANITCH best known for his role as ‘Cracker’, DECLAN CONLON (‘The Tudors’, ‘Raw’) and making his debut on the Gaiety Stage, rising star RYAN ANDREWS (‘Fair City’, ‘The Clinic’). Continue reading “Fiona Looney’s Greener: Rehearsals start today!”