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Exclusive Special Reading: 'A Daughter's A Daughter'
April 13, 2017
Agatha Christie’s little-known masterpiece
Monday 19 June at 8pm
Lucy Cavendish college, Cambridge
The fourth international Agatha Christie conference is delighted to present a reading by our very own resident theatre company of Agatha Christie's rarely performed domestic drama A Daughter's a Daughter, introduced by Julius Green
Christie started work on the play in the 1930s but it was not premiered until 1956, when it was presented for one week at the Theatre Royal Bath under her pen name Mary Westmacott; the only performances to be presented in her own lifetime. It has only been performed on two subsequent occasions; at the 2001 Agatha Christie Theatre Festival, and in 2009 in its West End premiere production (directed by Roy Marsden for Bill Kenwright's Agatha Christie Theatre Company), when it was hailed by critics as worthy of Rattigan.
Four years prior to its original presentation, Christie adapted A Daughter's a Daughter into a novel, again using the Westmacott name; making the title unique as the only work of hers to take this route.
The conference organisers would like to extend deepest gratutide to Julius Green for arranging the reading. We honoured to have received special permission from Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard to present A Daughter’s A Daughter, and we hope that all delegates will join us for this special event.
Image: Programme for the 1956 Bath premiere of A Daughter’s a Daughter. Reproduced by permission, with thanks to the Theatre Royal Bath archive.