The Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company brings a thrilling new production of Go Back For Murder to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 7th May to Saturday 11th May starring Liza Goddard (Bergerac, The Brothers, Pig in the Middle), Sophie Ward (Land Girls, Heartbeat), Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey), Gary Mavers (Peak Practice, Casualty), Lysette Anthony (The Bill, Three Up Two Down,) and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier, Doctors).
Suspects, secrets, and red herrings abound in this new staging of Go Back for Murder which follows The Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s hugely successful productions of And Then There Were None, Spider’s Web, Verdict, and Murder on the Nile, all of which have toured to the Theatre Royal Bath.
When her mother dies in prison accused of a crime, Carla Le Marchant returns to the UK determined to clear her name. Her mother, Caroline was found guilty of the murder of her artist husband, but she sent her daughter an intriguing letter professing her innocence. Now Carla’s on a mission with the aid of Justin Fogg, the son of her mother’s defence lawyer, to track down a number of people from the past and uncover the truth. As the drama unfolds, the play flashes back to the time of the murder in 1948 where in classic whodunit style it comes to light that everyone linked to the victim had a reason and opportunity to commit the crime.
Liza Goddard, one of Bath’s favourite actresses, stars as Miss Williams. Liza has performed at the Theatre Royal in a huge variety of productions, most recently in Alan Ayckbourn’s Life of Riley and Communicating Doors in 2011, Season’s Greetings in 2004, Life and Beth in 2009 and If I Were You in 2007; she also starred in the 2009 pantomime Sleeping Beauty as Good Fairy; the musical High Society in 2005; the Restoration comedy She Stoops to Conquer in 2008; and the thriller Dangerous Obsession in 2006. Her extensive television work includes cult classics The Brothers, Doctor Who, Bergerac, the Australian series Skippy (The Bush Kangaroo) and Take Three Girls; and the comedies Pig in the Middle, The Upchat Line and Yes Honestly. She played Mrs Jessop in the Children’s ITV series Woof!; narrated Bernard’s Watch for CITV; and has made guest appearances in BBC’s Wild West, CITV’s Out of Sight and ITV’s Midsomer Murders.
Sophie Ward stars as Carla Le Marchant and Caroline Crale. Her television and film career includes the award-winning BBC period drama series Land Girls playing the role of Lady Ellen Hoxley; appearing as Doctor Helen Walker in forty episodes of Heartbeat and as Sophia Byrne in Holby City; and the 2011 film Jane Eyre. She has recently made guest appearances in the television dramas Hustle, Casualty and Secret State. She last performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2000.
Robert Duncan plays the role of Phillip Blake. Well-known for his television roles as Gus Hedges in Channel Four’s cult comedy hit Drop the Dead Donkey and as Peter Hayes in BBC1’s Casualty, Robert has played Bath in two Agatha Christie thrillers previously Spider’s Web in 2009 and Verdict in 2011. On stage, his many credits include the West End production of Caught in the Net with Eric Sykes and David Hare’s award-winning play Skylight for Vienna’s English Theatre. His previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath also include Ladies in Lavender in 2012; An Ideal Husband in 2008; and Time and Time Again in 2002.
Gary Mavers appears as Amyas Crale. On television, Gary played the role of heart-throb Doctor Andrew Attwood in over seventy episodes of ITV’s Peak Practice and DI Will Manning in Casualty. His stage credits include working with director Joe Harmston on both Agatha Christie’s The Hollow and the West End production of the thriller Wait Until Dark.
The role of Elsa Greer is played by Lysette Anthony, well known on television for her role as Rachel Heath in The Bill. She played Veronica Cray in a two-part Poirot film The Hollow, and has worked extensively in over thirty feature films including Without a Clue with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley; Woody Allen’s award-winning Husbands and Wives; Look Who’s Talking Now with John Travolta; The Hour of the Pig with Colin Firth; and, The Lady and the Highwayman with Hugh Grant. Her television credits include Murder in Suburbia; the award-winning soap Night and Day; Jonathan Creek; and, Night Train to Murder with Morecambe and Wise. She also starred for six years in the sit-com Three Up, Two Down. On stage, she starred as Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the Broadway transfer of Jackie and appeared in The New Statesman with Rik Mayall in the West End. She last performed at the Theatre Royal in 2006 in Present Laughter with Simon Callow.
Ben Nealon, fondly remembered for his role as Captain Jeremy Forsythe in the long running ITV drama series Soldier, Soldier, appears as Justin Fogg. Ben has previously performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile in 2012 and in Spider’s Web in 2009. The cast is completed by Antony Edridge as Meredith Blake, Sammy Andrews as Angela Warren and Mark Lisseman as Turnball.
This classic ‘Whodunit’ packed with intrigue, murder and suspense is one of over a dozen plays from the pen of the great Dame Agatha Christie. Go Back for Murder was adapted by Christie in 1960 from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Poirot for the stage version. Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976, aged 85. Her books have sold billions of copies around the world – many more than any other author except Shakespeare and The Bible. She was as successful as a playwright as she was as a novelist, and her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. At one point Agatha Christie had three plays running at the same time in the West End, a feat unmatched by any other woman.
Agatha Christie’s GO BACK FOR MURDER appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 7th May to Saturday 11th May. Tickets are available at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk