Verdict

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  6m, 4f

An intense and story of love and idealism in two acts.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Karl Hendryk, a brilliant professor who, with his wife and her cousin, have fled persecution in their homeland to find themselves ensconced in London. The play concerns itself with the relationships the professor has with the women in his life. His wife, Anya, who is suffering from a progressively debilitating disease, her cousin and carer, Lisa, and Helen Rollander, a spoiled student who takes up private lessons with the professor.  

Not a murder mystery or a whodunnit but a profound and thoughtful piece that deals with the human experience.  Delving deeply into the psychology of relationships and moral philosophy, this is the story of a misguided idealist who loves so intensely it becomes ultimately destructive and unattainable.

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Reviews

QUOTES

“It satisfied me completely. I still think it is the best play I have written, with the exception of Witness for the Prosecution." - Agatha Christie

“It was not a detective story or a thriller. It was a play that concerned murder, but its real point was that an idealist is always dangerous; a possible destroyer of those who love him – and poses the question of how far you can sacrifice, those you love, for what you believe in.” - Agatha Christie

Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living-room of Professor Hendryk's flat in Bloomsbury. 

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 4f
LESTER COLE
MRS. ROPER
LISA KOLETZKY
PROFESSOR KARL HENDRYK
DR. STONER
ANYA HENDRYK
HELEN ROLLANDER
SIR WILLIAM ROLLANDER
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR OGDEN
POLICE SERGEANT PEARCE
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Agatha Christie

Visit The Agatha Christie Collection for more content, licensing information, and more about Christie's work. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest runnin ...

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Verdict opened in the West End at the Strand Theatre in May 1958.

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