Triple treat for Christie fans at Rugby Theatre

Jonathan Pollard and Nicky Main in Rule of Three

Jonathan Pollard and Nicky Main in Rule of Three

Fans of mystery writer Agatha Christie are in for a triple treat at Rugby Theatre.

Three of the best-selling writer’s plays are being staged by talented amateur performers at the Henry Street venue – all in one thrilling evening.

Mike Allen directs the production, called Rule of Three, a trio of short plays by the Queen of Crime, all written with Christie’s unrivalled style and panache.

In the first, Afternoon at the Seaside, a stolen item is uncovered by someone with no idea where it came from.

The Patient is a darker story of a paralysed woman who is certain that someone is trying to murder her, while the final story, The Rats, sees an illicit couple caught in a trap.

Nicky Main plays the title role in The Patient, and is Sandra Grey in The Rats, opposite Jonathan Pollard as David Forrester. Nicky said: “I love Agatha Christie and made my debut in an Agatha Christie at Rugby Theatre in 2011 in our production of And Then There Were None.

“I played the small role of the housekeeper – and I can’t believe it’s only five years ago. Since then so much has happened, and I’m completely involved with the theatre, and so are the rest of my family.

“It’s great to be back on stage – and fun to be playing opposite Jonathan Pollard in this fabulous production.”

Jonathan and Nicky acted together previously in the theatre’s production of JB Priestley’s thriller Dangerous Corner in 2012.

Born in Torquay in 1890, Christie wrote Rule of Three in 1962 when she was in full swing as one of the UK’s most prominent playwright.

Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in 44 foreign languages.

Rule of Three opens on Saturday, September 24, for a seven-performance run.

Call (01788) 541234 or visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk to book and for more details.