The stellar cast list of And Then There Were None read like an impressive who’s who of television drama and we were delighted to welcome so many of them to the first night reception in the theatre’s bar.  Frazer Hines was the first to arrive, but he was quickly followed by seven of the remaining members of the cast who mingled with Friends in a very crowded bar, signing autographs and posing for photographs.  Especially good to see Colin Buchanan back in Eastbourne so soon after his appearance in the very successful ‘Dangerous Corner´ in October and Verity Rushworth who was sacrificing some of her evening with her husband on their wedding anniversary to spend time with the Friends in the bar!

L-R Colin Buchanan, Frazer Hines, Judith Rae, Ben Nealon, Mark Curry, Susan Penhaligan,  Verity Rushworth, Eric Carte

L-R Colin Buchanan, Frazer Hines, Judith Rae, Ben Nealon, Mark Curry, Susan Penhaligan, Verity Rushworth, Eric Carte

It had been a packed house for the first night of this Agatha Christie play and a record number of Friends were in the bar afterwards to welcome the cast.  It is usual to spend most of an Agatha Christie trying to work out the killer – but on this occasion the first part of the performance was spent trying to match the famous names on the cast list to the people on stage!  Hard to believe that Susan Penhaligan said that she is the around same age as the elderly lady, Emily Brent, she portrays.  Sixty is indeed the new forty!

The play started life as a novel based on the rhyme and is widely viewed as Christie’s masterpiece and certainly one of the best-selling books of all time.  It was first published in 1939 and it is to that era that this production returns. The ten strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon and the play is set in one room in a stylish art deco mansion with a wonderful circular French window at the rear of the stage and an impressive fireplace with ten china soldier figurines on the mantelpiece.  Needless to say, these disappeared one by one as the play progressed!

Despite this being a familiar story to most, the audience was abuzz during the intervals with speculation of whodunnit!  Proof that even in the 125th Anniversary year of her birth, Agatha Christie is still the undisputed queen of this genre!

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