Agatha Christie's The Lie [Drama]

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20200829Trapped in an unhappy marriage and provoked by her husband's obsession with her younger sister, Nan disappears from the family home for a night – with devastating consequences. A series of dramatic revelations will lead either to divorce or reconciliation - but the outcome depends on whether Nan's sister will lie to protect her.

Agatha Christie's extraordinary early play, which predates her famous stage thrillers, lay unread in her family's archives until it was discovered by theatre producer Julius Green. Seemingly written in the mid-1920s, during the breakdown of Christie's first marriage, The Lie is an intensely personal piece of writing - a hard-hitting domestic drama which bears many of the hallmarks of her later work for the theatre, and which offers a unique insight into her complex emotional response to events in her own life at the time.

"In every life there comes a moment, one supreme and all-powerful moment, when we hold our fate in our hands, to decide our entire life for good or evil."

Cast:
Nan Gregg (the wife) - SARAH MOWAT
Nell Reeves (her sister) - CHLOE NEWSOME
John Gregg (the husband) - BEN NEALON
Hannah Reeves (the mother) - ALISON SKILBECK
Mrs Endicott (the grandmother) - TINA GRAY
Jim Hayward (The suitor) - MIKE EVANS

The drama was adapted for radio from Agatha Christie's stage play by Martin Lewton and Julius Green.

Director - JULIUS GREEN
Assistant Director - MARTIN LEWTON
Producer - IAIN MACKNESS
Executive Producer - ASHLEY BYRNE

The music was composed by REBECCA APPLIN

A Made in Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 by arrangement with The Agatha Christie Archive Trust

Radio premiere of Agatha Christie's gripping and intensely personal 1920s domestic drama.

Drama from BBC Radio 4