Bailey to direct And Then There Were None in Northampton

Published: 26 March 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“One of Christie’s darkest works”: director Lucy Bailey Credit: Sheila Burnett

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate and Fiery Angel are to join forces to stage Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in the Derngate auditorium in September 2021.

And Then There Were None is the best-selling crime novel of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide. Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, and with their hosts mysteriously absent, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes clear as secrets from their past come back to haunt each and every one of them.

Lucy Bailey directs. This will be her fourth production for Royal and Derngate after directing Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight in 2015, Love From a Stranger by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper in 2018 and Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts in 2019. She also directed Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall.

Bailey said, “this is Agatha Christie’s most popular novel but also one of her darkest. It’s set in 1939, reflecting the impending sense of doom of a world on the brink of war. Its depiction of a group of strangers stranded in a crisis of their own making feels very in tune with today’s climate emergency.”

Designer is Mike Britton. Lighting designer is Chris Davey. Casting and the rest of the creative team are to be announced.

And Then There Were None will take to the Derngate stage from Friday 3 until Saturday 11 September. It will then go on a UK tour.