Murder on the Nile

Performances: 11-13 May 2023, Betchworth Village Hall

Director: Barbara Hardy

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When asked in the 1940s to write a stage version of her murder mystery novel set on a Nile paddle steamer, Agatha Christie decided to drop her iconic detective Hercule Poirot from the plot, introducing other characters instead to follow the clues and provide the solution.

Glamorous newly-wed heiress Kay Ridgeway embarks on an idyllic honeymoon voyage, but amongst the eccentric and colourful fellow passengers several have reason to want her dead. Follow the twists and turns of this classic whodunnit in a luxurious 1930s setting where nothing is quite as it seems

Featuring musical contributions by Ian Stone.



Kay Mostyn Diane Mayall
Simon Mostyn Neil Mayall
Canon Pennyfather Linda Slater
Miss Ffolliot-ffoulkes Christina Usher
Dr Bessner Roger Nelson
Christina Grant Kelly Cross
Louise Lucy Hamilton
Jacqueline de Severac  Emoke Soproni
Smith Stephen Tickell
McNaught Ian Stone
Steward Julian Edney
Beadseller Joanne Packham

Production Team

Lighting & Sound David Ames
Stage Manager Julian Edney
Costume Diane Mayall, Julie Bickerdike
and the Company
Poster & Set design  Stephen Tickell
Set construction Julian Edney, Neil Mayall,
Stephen Tickell, Neil Williams
Set painting The Company
Front of House Julie Bickerdike & helpers
Programme Lucy Hamilton
Box Office Sam Stevens

Thanks to Elizabeth and John Callow for hire of costume and furniture

This amateur production of Murder on the Nile is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

Thanks to Geoff Martin and Bookham Camera Club for dress rehearsal photos