“One of the world’s most fiendishly clever mysteries comes to life onstage as Cumberland County Playhouse presents “Murder on the Orient Express”.
“This show really has it all… spectacular sets, lavish costumes, dazzling effects, and a cast filled with talented Playhouse favorites,” said Producing Director Bryce McDonald. “And I’m so happy to welcome back our multi-talented director Martha Wilkinson, who directed 2016’s ‘Church Basement Ladies’ and appeared in ‘Clue’ in 2020.”
“Murder on the Orient Express” is arguably Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery and certainly one of her most popular. Adapted for the stage by two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig, it’s filled with what audiences have come to expect from Christie: a brilliant detective, a puzzling crime, and a dizzying array of suspects… all set aboard the most famous and luxurious train in the world.
Having only just arrived in Istanbul, the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Jason Ross) is urgently summoned to London and boards the Orient Express, where he is met by his friend and fellow Belgian Monsieur Bouc (Daniel Black). Once aboard, Poirot meets his fellow passengers: Scottish Colonel Arbuthnot (Britt Hancock), Englishwoman Mary Debenham (DeAnna Helgeson), wealthy American Helen Hubbard (Lauren Marshall), Hector MacQueen (Jacob Alexander), Russian Princess Dragomiroff (Patty Payne), Swedish missionary Greta Ohlsson (Caitlin Schaub), Michel the Conductor (Michael Ruff), American businessman Samuel Ratchett (Britt Hancock), and the glamorous Countess Andrenyi (Heather McCall).
But the train is soon stranded in a snow drift and early the next morning it’s discovered that a passenger has been murdered. Everyone is a suspect, but everyone has an alibi, so it’s up to Hercule Poirot to use his “little grey cells” and solve this baffling case.
“Murder on the Orient Express”, rated PG, plays on the Mainstage through May 31, and is sponsored by Tim and Susan Tewalt.
Tickets can be purchased online at ccplayhouse.com or by calling the Playhouse Box Office at (931) 484-5000. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by Tennessee Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Playhouse media sponsor The Crossville Chronicle, and Playhouse Season Partners Plateau Pediatrics, Tim and Susan Tewalt, Ken and Grace Patton, Bob and Jaye Emrick, Dr. Edward and Karen Thornblade, and Bucky Burke Home Improvements & Landscaping.