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Rule of Three

Rule of Three
Your Price: $12.00 CDN
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 120
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 057370242X
ISBN-13: 9780573702426

About the Play:

The Rule of Three is a collection of the three one-act plays by Agatha Christie. A series of one-act plays involving murder, theft and deception at home and abroad.

In the first, Afternoon At The Seaside, a beautiful, mysterious, bikini wearing French woman, ogling men, and envious women provide the perfect undercurrents for theft. The scene is a crowded seaside beach in a resort area. Guys and girls in appropriate swimwear mingle with senior citizens in shirts, jumpers and slacks on the beach, while Lady Beckman's emerald necklace goes missing. A goodly collection of characters take part, including a French woman in a daring bikini who has all the men ogling and all the women seething. It is not until the very end that the apparent French bathing beauty turns her wiles in another direction and emerges as a police woman who solves the otherwise perfect crime. (Cast: 5 women, 7 men)

The Patient is a darker story of a paralysed woman who is certain that someone is trying to murder her Paralysed and unable to speak she must find a way to reveal her would-be murderer before they strike again. She is lying in a hospital completely paralysed following a fall from a balcony. Did she faint or was she pushed? The inspector, who realizes that the patient is not physically but psychically traumatized, cleverly determines that murder was intended and uses a devious ruse to trap the guilty party. (Cast: 4 women, 5 men)

The final story, The Rats sees an illicit couple caught in a trap. David and Sandra learn an invitation to a party, turns out to be a vehicle for revenge, for a long ago love affair. They arrive at a flat for the party and are surprised to find there is no party. They find themselves alone, discover a body, and soon realize they are being framed for the murder. Somebody knows about their affair and has locked them in so what will become of them? (Cast: 2 women, 2 men)

The Rule of Three was first presented in 1962 by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre in London.

About the Playwright:

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) has sold over two billion books worldwide and has been translated into over 45 languages. In a writing career that spanned more than half a century, Agatha Christie wrote eighty novels and short story collections. She also wrote or adapted 19 plays herself, including The Mousetrap, which is now the longest running play in theatrical history. In addition several of her original works were adapted by third parties.