Agatha Christie is revered around the world for her books and the indelible characters she created. Lesser known is her writing for the stage an extraordinary repertoire of plays that firmly established her as the most successful female dramatist of all time. Now author Julius Green raises the curtain on Christie s towering contribution to popular theatre, an element of her work previously disregarded by biographers and historians.
Starting with her childhood theatregoing experiences, Curtain Up uncovers Christie s first serious attempts at playwriting, with scripts that reveal a very different style from the now familiar whodunits for which she became famous. Later in her life, she enjoyed enormous global success with her work for the stage, but her record-breaking achievements in the West End and her conquest of Broadway came at a price: she had to fight against her own fame and felt obliged to delete her adored character Hercule Poirot from stories that had originally been created around him.
Green s revelations about Christie s passion for the theatre are illustrated with copious extracts from hitherto unknown plays and unpublished private letters, many of which he discovered in archives on both sides of the Atlantic. The illuminating exchanges between Christie, her agents and producers include extensive correspondence with the legendary Mousetrap Man, theatrical impresario Sir Peter Saunders.
Meticulously researched and filled with groundbreaking discoveries, Curtain Up sheds new light on Agatha Christie s artistry and adds a fascinating layer to her remarkable story."