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Casting announced for the European premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative have today announced casting for the first ever UK stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s much-loved Miss Marple thriller The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. Colin R Campbell, Suzanna Hamilton, Julia Hills, Katherine Manners, Katie Matsell, Davina Moon, Huw Parmenter and Gillian Saker will join the previously announced Susie Blake and Simon Shepherd. The Mirror Crack’d will be a European Premiere, opening at Salisbury Playhouse on 15 February before touring to Dublin, Cambridge and Cardiff. The Mirror Crack’d will have an Opening Night on 25 February.

The iconic Marple mystery from the world’s best-selling author of all time has been adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and directed by Melly Still (Coram Boy, My Brilliant Friend, The Lovely Bones).

Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star. Miss Marple is left to feel that the world has no need of her now until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present. Everyone’s version of events is different. Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies?

Susie Blake (Miss Marple) is known as Hilary Nicholson in Mrs Brown’s Boys, Bev Unwin in Coronation Street and The Continuity Announcer in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV. Having worked extensively on stage and screen, her theatre credits include: When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre); Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); High Society (UK Tour); Noises Off (National Theatre); The Shakespeare Revue (RSC). Television credits include: Midsomer Murders; You, Me and Them (UKTV Gold); Wild At Heart (ITV); Cuckoo (BBC 3); New Tricks (BBC); Mud (CBBC).

Colin R Campbell’s (Cyril Leigh) theatre credits include: Gilgamesh (The White Bear); Skellig, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Twelfth Night (Birmingham Stage Co.); The Cherry Orchard (Southwark Playhouse); Gluey and The Lion (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Break Away (The Finborough); Having a Ball (Birmingham Rep/Temple Productions tour). Television includes: Unforgotten (ITV); Broken (BBC); Coronation Street (ITV). Film appearances include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros).

Suzanna Hamilton’s (Marina Gregg) theatre credits include: Interval (Arcola Theatre); Mr Blue Sky, Hell & High Water (Southwark Playhouse); Darkening Fields (National Theatre); My Sister In This House (Hampstead Theatre); Siblings (Hammersmith Lyric); Waiting At the Water’s Edge (Bush Theatre). Television appearances include The Strike: Cuckoo’s Calling (BBC); Silent Witness (BBC); New Tricks (BBC); Jonathan Creek (BBC); McCallum (series regular, STV); Casualty (BBC); Streetwise (series regular); Wish Me Luck (series regular). Film credits include: My Feral Heart; The Island on Bird Street; Out of Africa; 1984; Wildcats of St Trinians; Tess; Swallows and Amazons.

Julia Hills’s (Dolly Bantry) theatre credits include: Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse & Tour); Calendar Girls (Chichester; Tour & West End); The Cherry Orchard (Tobacco Factory Bristol & The Rose Kingston); Beside Herself (Royal Court); Pygmalion (Manchester Royal Exchange); Our Friends In The North (RSC); The Hired Man (Leicester Haymarket & West End); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Savoy Theatre); Springs Eternal (The Orange Tree Theatre); Stepping Out (New Vic); The School For Scandal (Tobacco Factory Bristol). Television includes: Eastenders (BBC TV); Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC); Law and Order UK (ITV); Dad (BBC); Outnumbered (BBC).

Katherine Manners’s (Heather Leigh) theatre credits include: Table (New Vic Theatre); Before the Party (Salisbury Playhouse); The Hundred We Are (Yard Theatre); Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep/RSC); From Morning to Midnight, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Coram Boy, The House of Bernarda Alba, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (National Theatre); Rat Tales (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Richard III (The Bridge Project/Old Vic/ BAM/International Tour); Don’t Shoot the Clowns (Fuel); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith/Warwick Arts Centre); Snowbound (Trafalgar Studios); The Master Builder King Lear (RSC, Academy). Television credits include: The Feed; Press; Bliss; Doctors; War and Peace; Siblings; Holby City; Casualty.

Katie Matsell (Cherry Baker) trained at LAMDA. The Mirror Crack’d will mark Katie’s professional debut.

Davina Moon’s (Ella Zielinksy) theatre credits include: Yellow Face (National Theatre); Privates on Parade (Noël Coward Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal), Bombay Dream (Apollo Victoria); Around The World In Eighty Days (New York); Wuthering Heights (UK Tour). Television includes: EastEnders (BBC1); Doctors (BBC1). Film appearances include Disney’s Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures).

Huw Parmenter’s (Giuseppe Renzo) theatre credits include: Anything is Possible (Pleasance Theatre); After Orlando (Vaults Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East); Desert Rats (Arts Theatre); The Late Wedding (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Dark Tourism (Park Theatre); Hearing The Song (Orange Tree Theatre). Huw is Co-Artistic Director of Chaskis Theatre. Television includes: Killing Eve (BBC America), Eastenders (BBC).

Gillian Saker’s (Lola Brewster) theatre credits include: Tick Tick Boom (Park Theatre); City Stories (Wilton’s Music Hall/Oxford Playhouse); The Rubenstein Kiss (Nottingham Playhouse/Guildford); Anna Karenina (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal Exchange Theatre); The Libertine (Citizen’s Theatre/Bristol Old Vic); Othello (Riverside Studios; Offie nomination for ‘Best Actress’); Stephen Ward (West End); The River (Royal Court Theatre). Television includes: Endeavour (ITV); Ripper Street (BBC); Misfits (E4).

Simon Shepherd (Dermot Craddock) is best known for playing the role of Dr. Will Preston in the popular ITV television series Peak Practice. His theatre credits include: Misalliance; Precious Little Talent (Orange Tree); Evening at the Talkhouse (National Theatre); Hay Fever (Duke of York’s); Duck House (Vaudeville); Posh (Royal Court/Duke of York’s). Other television credits include: Casualty, Father Brown (BBC); Tilly Trotter (ITV).

by Agatha Christie
adapted for the stage
by Rachel Wagstaff

First performance: 15 February 2019
Final performance: 6 April 2019
Opening Night: 25 February

15 February – 9 March 2019
Salisbury Playhouse
01722 320 333

12 March – 16 March 2019
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
0818 719388

19– 23 March 2019
Cambridge Arts Theatre
01223 503333

26 March – 6 April 2019
New Theatre, Cardiff
029 2087 8889


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