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Agatha Christie
Appointment with Death

To Richard and Myra Mallock
to remind them of their journey to Petra

First Published

UK
Collins, London, May. 1938
Daily Mail, Jan.19-Feb.19 1938 as 'A Date with Death'
US
Dodd Mead, New York, 1938
Collier's Weekly, Aug.28-Oct.23 1937

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her.

With only 24 hours available to solve the mystery, Hercules Poirot recalled a chance remark he'd overheard back in Jerusalem: 'You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?' Mrs Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he'd ever met ...

Characters

Emily Boynton, Lennox Boynton, Nadine Boynton, Raymond Boynton, Carol Boynton, Ginevra Boynton, Jefferson Cope, Dr.Sarah King, Lady Westholme, Colonel Carbury, Hercule Poirot

Movie & TV

Appointment with Death, 1988 (USA)
director Michael Winner
writer Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman, Michael Winner
cast Peter Ustinov(Poirot), Piper Laurie(Emily Boynton), Nicholas Guest(Lennox Boynton), Carrie Fisher(Nadine Boynton), John Terlesky(Raymond Boynton), Valerie Richards(Carol Boynton), Amber Bezer(Ginevra Boynton), David Soul(Jefferson Cope), Jenny Seagrove(Dr. Sarah King), Lauren Bacall(Lady Westholme)
Appointment with Death
Agahta Christie's POIROT XI, 2008
director Ashley Pearce
writer Guy Andrews
cast David Suchet(Hercule Poirot), Zakaria Atifi(Mahmoud), Zoe Boyle(Ginevra Boynton), Cheryl Campbell(Lady Boynton), Christina Cole(Dr. Sarah King), Emma Cunniffe(Carol Boynton), Tim Curry(Lord Greville Boynton), Jawad Elalami, Paul Freeman(Colonel Carbury), Mark Gatiss(Leonard Boynton), Beth Goddard(Sister Agnieszka), John Hannah(Dr. Gerard), Elizabeth McGovern(Dame Celia Westholme), Christian McKay(Jefferson Cope), Angela Pleasence(Nanny), Tom Riley(Raymond Boynton)

Link

  1. Official Site: Appointment with Death
  2. Wikipedia: Appointment with Death
  3. IMDb: Appointment with Death (1988)
  4. IMDb: Poirot: Appointment with Death (2008)

Appointment with Death (play)


dramatised by Agatha Christie

Presented at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, on 31st March 1945, with the following cast of characters:
(in the order of their appearance)

MRS BOYNTONMary Clare
GINEVRA BOYNTONDeryn Kerbey
LENNOX BOYNTONIan Labbock
NADINE BOYNTONBeryl Machin
LIFT BOYJohn Clennon
AFDERMAN HIGGSPercy Walsh
CLEARKAnthony Dorset
BEDOUIN
LADY WESTHOLMEJanet Burnell
MISS PRYCEJoan Hickson
DR GERARDGerard Hinze
SARAH KINGCarla Lehmann
JEFFERSON COPEAlan Sedgwick
RAYMOND BOYNTONJohn Wynn
DRAGOMANHarold Berens
COLONEL CARBERYOwen Reynolds
LADY VISITORCherry Herbert
HOTEL VISITORCorinne Whitehouse, Joseph Blanehard

The play derected by Terence de Marney

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES

ACT I - The lounge of the KingSolomon Hotel, Jerusalem. Afternoon
ACT II
SCENE 1 The Traveller's Camp at Petra. Early afternoon. A week later
SCENE 2 The same. Three hours later
ACT III
SCENE 1 The same. The following morning
SCENE 2 The same. The same afternoon.
Time: the present

Link

  1. Wikipedia: Appointment with Death (play)
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