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Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage

To Rosalind

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Oct. 1930
US
Dodd Mead, New York, 1930
Chicago Tribune, Aug.18-Oct.20 1930

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

'Anyone who murdered Colonael Protheroe,' declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, 'would be doing the world at large a service!'

It was a careles remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later.

Characters

Miss Jane Marple, Raymond West, Rev.Leonard Clement, Griselda Clement, Dennis Clement, Colonel Lucius Protheroe, Ann Protheroe, Lettice Protheroe, Lawrence Redding, Dr.Stone, Miss Gladys Cram, Dr Haydock, Rev.Christopher Hawes, Mary Hill, Mrs. Estelle Lestrange, Mrs. Martha Price Ridley, Miss Caroline Wetherby, Miss Amanda Hartnell, Colonel Melchett, Det.Insp.Slack, Bill Archer

Mrs. Archer, Mary Adams, Mr. Henry Abbott, Mrs. Abbott, Emily, Elwell, Mollie Carter, Quinton, Gladys (Gladdie), Clara, Mrs. Sadler, Mrs. Simmons, Fred Jackson, Neil, Major Hargraves, Constable Hurst, Susan Hartley Napier, Joe Bucknell, Hilda, Fanny, Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Baker, Bailey, Manning, Reeves, Rose, Lily Rose, Dr. Roberts

Play

Murder at the Vicarage
adapted by Moie Charles and Barbara Toy
at the Playhouse Theatre, London, 16th December 1949
THE VICAR(the Rev. Leonard Clement)Jack Lambert
GRISELDA(his wife)Genine Graham
DENNIS(his nephew)Michael Newell
MARY(the maid)Betty Sinclair
RONALD HAWES(the curate)Michael Darbyshire
LETTICE PROTHEROEAndrea Lea
MISS MARPLEBarbara Mullen
MRS PRICE RIDLEYMildred Cottell
ANN PROTHEROEAlvys Maben
LAWRENCE REDDING(an artist)Reginald Tate
DR JOHN HAYDOCKFrancis Roberts
INSPECTOR SLACKStanley Van Beers
POLICE CONSTABLE JENNINGS-
Directed by Reginald Tate
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
The action of the play passes in the study of a vicarage in the country, at the present time.
ACT I
SCENE 1 - A Tuesday in Summer. Afternoon.
SCENE 2 - The following day. 6:45 p.m.
SCENE 3 - Thursday morning.
ACT II
SCENE 1 - The following Sunday. Late afternoon.
SCENE 2 - An hour and a half later.

Movie & TV

Mord im Pfarrhaus, 1970 (W.Germany/TV)
director Hans Quest
writer Peter Scharff
cast Herbert Mensching(Vicar), Ingrid Capelle(Griselda), Inge Langen(Miss Marple), Heinz Bennet(Lawrence Redding), Willy Semmelrogge(Inspector Slack), Edith Schneider(Anne Hampton), Paula Denk(Mrs Price-Ridley), Paul Neuhaus (Ronald Hawes)
The Murder At The Vicarage, 1986
Agatha Christie's MISS MARPLE
director Julian Amyes
writer T. R. Bowen
cast Joan Hickson(Miss Marple), Paul Eddington(Vicar Leonard Clement), Cheryl Campbell(Mrs. Clement), Robert Lang(Col. Lucius Protheroe), Polly Adams(Anne Protheroe), James Hazeldine(Lawrence Redding), Norma West(Mrs. Lestrange), Rosalie Crutchley(Mrs. Price-Ridley), David Horovitch(Inspector Slack), Ian Brimble(Sergeant Lake)
The Murder at the Vicarage, 2004
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 1
director Charles Palmer
writer Stephen Churchett
cast Geraldine McEwan(Miss Jane Marple), Sir Derek Jacobi(Colonel Protheroe), Miriam Margolyes(Mrs. Price-Ridley), Janet McTeer(Anne Protheroe), Jason Flemyng(Lawrence Redding), Tim McInnerny(Reverend Leonard Clement), Rachael Stirling(Griselda Clement), Stephen Tompkinson(Inspector Slack), Jane Asher(Mrs. Lester), Christina Cole(Lettice Protheroe), Emily Bruni(Helene Dufosse)

Link

  1. Official Site: The Murder at the Vicarage
  2. Wikipedia: The Murder at the Vicarage
  3. IMDb: Mord im Pfarrhaus (1970)
  4. IMDb: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)
  5. IMDb: Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (2004)
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