Three female stars of stage and screen will bring to life the complex relationship between the world's most famous crime writer, her best-known fictional creation and the actor who first brought the character to the screen.

In the early sixties two strong national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema's most successful franchises, but the Miss Marple films were almost never made. Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie didn't want actor Margaret Rutherford to bring her fabled spinster to life and Margaret Rutherford was mortified at the prospects of sullying her reputation with something as sordid as murder.

Murder, Margaret and Me is the story of the real reason why the acting legend and 'the funniest woman alive' didn't want to take on the role that made her celebrated across the world. Margaret and Agatha form an unlikely friendship filled with afternoon tea and gossip. Meanwhile Agatha turns detective herself as she becomes determined to unearth Rutherford's tragic and shocking secret.

Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie were pioneers in a world where women creatives still constantly play second fiddle, especially those of a 'certain' age. Yet due to their creative brilliance they found themselves in their sixties at the heart of the biggest franchise in the history of British cinema at that time.  I'm thrilled that in Susie, Nichola and Indira the play is in the hands of a trio of equally powerful creative women. They are the perfect team to bring Damian's vision for the production to life. -  Murder, Margaret and Me writer Philip Meeks.

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