The cast of Murder on the Nile, from left: Oscar Macdonald, Ria Davis, Ally Hossain, Jessica Claire, Martin White, Nick Gastrell, Lynley Bradshaw, Robin Ringwood, Amy Van Tromp, Lisa McKenzie, Ollie Bellis and Naomi Strain. Photo: Francesca Beckett

The perfect murder at the Theatre Royal


A classic case of ‘whodunnit’ is coming to the Theatre Royal next week.

Nelson Repertory Theatre will be performing Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Nile’ at the Theatre Royal for four shows only.

Production manager Jenny Holden says it will be an “edge-of-your-seat show” full of passion, rivalry and revenge.

“It’s sure to keep audiences guessing until the very end.”

The story follows a honeymoon cruise down the Nile which turns into a murder mystery, full of twists.

For extra suspense, Jenny encourages audiences to refrain from reading the book ‘Death on the Nile’ – which the play is based on – until they have seen the show, and to refrain from telling others.

“There’re enough spoilers out there with things already – and we would love the audience to play along and not reveal the ‘whodunnit’ to family or friends until the show’s run is finished.”

Director Alli Campbell says Agatha Christie is the “mistress of whodunnit”.

“I found the play, written in 1944, to be quite different from the original 1937 book and the 1978 movie, but it remains absolutely Agatha.

“I know that audiences will enjoy the fun of sleuthing and we love it when people dress for the occasion, 1930s style.”

As Nelson Repertory Theatre is a non-profit community theatre, all ticket sales are used to stage future productions, and all proceeds from programme sales are donated to a local charity.

‘Murder on the Nile’ is showing at the Theatre Royal from 18 – 21 March. Tickets are available from the theatre box office or online here.

To go in the draw for a double pass to the show visit the Win section on the Nelson App.