Agatha Christie is as synonymous with murder mystery as Miss Marple is with St Mary Mead or Hercule Poirot is with his little grey cells, so it is a wonder why the Queen of Crime and the experience of murder mystery dinner events have never crossed paths. That is until now.
For the first time ever Agatha Christie Limited has allowed her characters and stories to be featured in a live interactive event and After Dark Murder Mystery Events will be bringing the mystery to Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath on Sunday 14th September, the week of Agatha Christie’s Birthday.
Jonathon Squire, General Manager says ‘We are looking forward to hosting our first Agatha Christie event, previous events have gone so well at other Handpicked venues. It is a pleasure to be hosting one here at Bailbrook House Hotel.’
The event takes place over a delicious three course meal and the guests are invited to watch the scenes of evidence unfold before them as Tommy and Tuppence, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, become embroiled in the mystery. The guests will also get the chance to interact with the characters, and question them about the evidence, in order to get to the bottom of the confounding crime and potentially be crowned Super Sleuth of the evening.
‘The depth of research that has been put into this project is second to none, not only at the stage of writing but also by the actors who play the characters,’ says Ben Muir, Director of After Dark. ‘There is such a rich source material to draw from with the characters involved in the Agatha Christie universe, especially Tommy & Tuppence who Agatha aged in real time as the books progressed. We wanted to ensure when presenting the show that fans recognised the characters they were interacting with and have a real sense that stood before them are Tommy & Tuppence and even Albert’
What of those guests who are true Agatha Christie aficionados, won’t they already know the solution to the crime?
‘Not necessarily,’ Ben tells us, ‘although we have been given the chance to use Agatha Christie’s stories there was always the sense that we wanted it to be a challenge to the detectives who join us, so we’ve been able to adapt the stories slightly. Agatha Christie’s ingenious plotting is still intact, but there are several ways to reach the conclusion and sometimes being crowned a Super Sleuth isn’t necessarily just about catching the culprit but also spotting all the clues. Plus, for the true fans there’s a lot of fun to be had spotting all the references we’ve put in the show to other Agatha Christie Mysteries. There’s even Agatha trivia in there to look out for too.’
The show takes place on Sunday 14th September at Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath. Tickets are priced at £65 per person.
For further details or to book call Bailbrook House Hotel on 01225 855100 or visit the website at www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
For further details on the Officially Licensed Agatha Christie Murder Mystery visit the website at www.afterdarkmurder.co.uk
For further details on Agatha Christie and her work and characters visit www.agathachristie.com
For further information on the production
Tommy & Tuppence in The Shepherd’s Warning please contact :
After Dark Murder Mystery Events
Ben Muir or Helen Burrows