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Theatre Parade: The Wasp's Nest

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by Agatha Christie.
with Francis L. Sullivan and Wallace Douglas

Televiewers will be the first to see this Agatha Christie play, which has never previously been performed anywhere.
Francis L. Sullivan, who will bring to the television screen the famous detective character, Hercule Poirot, originally made a great hit in another Poirot play, Alibi, in which he toured for almost a year, and subsequently in the same characterisation in Black Coffee. In addition to being familiar to theatre audiences in New York, London, and Stratford-on-Avon, he has appeared in a number of films, among them Jem Suss, Great Expectations, Chu Chin Chow, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The character of Poirot is one of his favourite parts, and with the exception of a notable portrayal by Charles Laughton, the character has been almost permanently associated with him for the past six years.

Agatha Christie, known to all lovers of detective fiction and also to countless playgoers, probably has as firmly established an international reputation as any feminine writer of popular fiction. She is not, as has sometimes been stated, American by birth. She is a native of Torquay, and, despite her love of travelling, still spends a great deal of her time in her Devonshire birthplace. Her father, however, was originally from New York. Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, to give her her full name, has such a prodigious list of works to her credit that it is difficult to select at random any outstanding examples, but many will remember 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles', 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', 'Lord Edgware Dies', 'The Seven Dials Mystery', 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Death in the Clouds', and 'The ABC Murders'.

Contributors

Writer: Agatha Christie (based on her own short-story)
Producer: George More O'Ferrall
Hercule Poirot: Francis L. Sullivan
[Actor]: Wallace Douglas
[Actress]: Antoinette Cellier
[Actor]: D.A. Clarke-Smith

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Theatre Parade: The Wasp's Nest

BBC Television, 18 June 1937 15.35






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