Dinner theatre back on the menu with Agatha Christie mystery at Court Theatre

The cast in rehearsal for Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie, presented at The Court Theatre by Tring Festival Company and directed by Eileen Reece
The cast in rehearsal for Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie, presented at The Court Theatre by Tring Festival Company and directed by Eileen Reece
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A theatre will be transformed into the dining room of a paddle steamer and patrons will be served food during the interval of an atmospheric Agatha Christie murder mystery.

Tring Festival Company is presenting the unique approach with a dinner theatre production of Murder on the Nile at The Court Theatre towards the end of the month, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

The story was famously made into a blockbuster film in 1978 with an all star cast including Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Peter Ustinov, Angela Lansbury, Simon MacCorkindale and Mia Farrow.

The Tring production is directed by Eileen Reece whose previous productions for the company include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Rebecca.

A first-class cast will interpret the master story telling of Agatha Christie

The story is based in 1930s Egypt as a collection of intriguing characters take a holiday on the Nile.

Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich woman, after splitting from his former lover Jacqueline de Severac. The couple are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer. Among those present are Canon Pennefather, Kay’s guardian, and Jacqueline, who has been following the couple throughout their honeymoon.

Performances take place at 7.30pm from October 22 - 25. Tickets for Wednesday 22 cost £8, Thursday 23 £12 and do not include food.

Tickets for Friday 24 and Saturday 25 cost £25 and include food served between Act 1 and Act 2.

Because of the food (which includes olives, falafel and spicy lamb kofta) tickets for Friday and Saturday must be booked by October 18.

Tickets can be booked online at www.courttheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 07543 560478.