The UK tour for Agatha Christie’s THE MIRROR CRACK’D has been extended until 2023, with dates added in Cambridge, High Wycombe, Birmingham, Kingston and Aberdeen. The all-new production of Rachel Wagstaff’s acclaimed adaptation is directed by Philip Franks. The UK tour kicked off on September 9, 2022 and has already received rave reviews.
THE MIRROR CRACK’D stars Susie Blake as Miss Marple, Sophie Ward as Marina Gregg, Joe McFadden as Jason Rudd, Oliver Boot as Chief Inspector Craddock, Veronica Roberts as Dolly Bantry, Mara Allen as Cherry Baker, Sarah Lawrie as Ella Zielinsky, Lorenzo Martelli as Guiseppe Renzo, Jules Melvin as Heather Leigh, David Partridge as Cyril Leigh, Chrystine Symone as Lola Brewster and Holly Smith overall.
In 1960s England, a wind of change was blowing across the country. He even reached the sleepy village of St Mary Mead. There’s a new housing estate that worries the villagers as much as it intrigues them and, more disturbingly, a wealthy American movie star has bought the mansion. Jane Marple, confined to a chair after an accident, wonders if life has passed her by. Then there is a shocking murder, and Miss Marple must unravel a web of lies, danger and tragedy. This adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed novel brings true emotional depth and psychological insight to a thrilling tale of secrets, loss and revenge.
The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side was published in the UK in 1962 and adapted into a feature film, The Mirror Crack’d, in 1980, starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis. . On television, adaptations of the novel starred Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in 1992 and Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple in 2011.
Susie Blake is best known for playing the continuity announcer in Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, as well as her regular roles as Bev Unwin on ITV’s Coronation Street and Hillary Nicholson on the BBC’s Mrs Brown’s Boys. She recently appeared in series one and two of Kate & Koji (ITV), Not Going Out (BBC One) and The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC One). His films include Fierce Creatures and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!. Her theater credits include Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (Hall for Cornwall), Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK Tour), My Fair Lady (Grange Festival), Grumpy Old Women Live 2 & 3, When We Are Married (West End), Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre), Madame Morrible in Wicked (West End) and Belinda Blair in Noises Off (National Theatre).
Sophie Ward was recently seen in BBC’s A Very British Scandal opposite Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, BBC/HBO Max’s Troubled Blood – an adaptation of JK Rowling’s hugely popular novel of the same name, and This Sceptred Isle, playing the role of Rachel Johnson, opposite Boris Johnson by Kenneth Branagh. For the past four years, Sophie has hosted the European Diversity Awards and works closely with Stonewall.
Joe McFadden’s TV credits include Raffaello Di Lucca in Holby City from 2014-2020, Alistair in Casualty in 2009, PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat from 2007-2009, Jack Marshland in Cranford, Dallas in Sex, Chips & Rock’n’roll , Prentice McHoan in The Crow Road and Gary McDonald in The High Road. Theater includes Priscilla-Queen Of The Desert, Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory), She Loves Me (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rainbow Kiss (Royal Court Theatre), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Chichester Festival Theatre), Aladdin (Old Vic Theatre) and Rent (Shaftesbury Theatre, London). Joe was the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017.
THE MIRROR CRACK’D is directed by Philip Franks (Barnes’ People, The Haunting of Alice Bowles, The Habit of Art, The Croft and A Cold Supper Behind Harrods) and designed by Adrian Linford, with lighting design by Emma Chapman, sound design by Max Pappenheim and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
The UK tour is produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for Original Theatre, in association with Joshua Andrews and Stuart Galbraith for JAS Theatricals. Original Theater recently won a Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theater during Lockdown, through which they produced acclaimed online productions of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong Online, Louise Coulthard’s Watching Rosie, Torben Betts’s Apollo 13: The Dark Side of The Moon, Philip The Haunting of Alice Bowles by Franks and Barnes’ People by Peter Barnes. More recently, they have produced stage and hybrid productions ranging from world premieres of Frazer Flintham’s Into The Night to Ben Brown’s The End of The Night at the Park Theatre, as well as tours of The Hound of The Baskervilles, Being Mr Wickham, The System, A Shard of Ice, The Art Habit, Invincible and Birdsong. They recently produced a new playwriting festival “Originals” in partnership with Riverside Studios, which opened in late June in London and online. JAS Theatricals recently produced the hugely successful UK Tour of Cluedo and their other co-production credits include 9 to 5 and Pretty Woman in the West End and the Tony Award-winning Hadestown on Broadway.
9 – 17 September Eastbourne Devonshire Park 01323 412000
20 – 24 September Darlington Racecourse 01325 405405
27 September – 1 October Cheltenham Everyman Theater 01242 572573
4 – 8 October York Theater Royal 01904 623568
10 – 15 October Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305
17 – 22 October Mold Theater Clwyd 01352 344101
31 October – 5 November Northampton Royal & Derngate 01604 624811
8 – 12 November Norwich Theater Royal 01603 630000
14 – 19 November Malvern Festival Theater 01684 892277
22 – 26 November Bromley Churchill Theater 0343 310 0020
28 November – 3 December Southend Palace Theater 0343 310 0030
31 January – 4 February Cambridge Arts Theater 01223 503333
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7 – 11 February Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe 03433 100060
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14 – 18 February Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 0844 871 7615*
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21 – 25 February Rose Theatre, Kingston 020 8174 0090
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28 February – 4 March Her Majesty Aberdeen 01224 641122
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