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Romford theatre to stage stylish production of Agatha Christie’s popular Murder on the Nile

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 May 2018

L-R: Sharon Sims as Louise, Shaun Lee as Smith, James Knowled as Canon Pennefather, Emily Kenneally as Kay, Sam Towler as Simon, Jai Sepple as Dr Bessner, Helen Pree as Miss Ffolliott-Ffoulkes and Sarah Garred as Christina. Photo: Mark Sepple

L-R: Sharon Sims as Louise, Shaun Lee as Smith, James Knowled as Canon Pennefather, Emily Kenneally as Kay, Sam Towler as Simon, Jai Sepple as Dr Bessner, Helen Pree as Miss Ffolliott-Ffoulkes and Sarah Garred as Christina. Photo: Mark Sepple

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A stylish and exciting new production of one of Agatha Christie’s most popular murder mysteries is coming to a Romford theatre.

Following last year’s production of The Ghost Train, the Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road, is proud to present another Christie thriller, Murder on The Nile.

Paula Harris Brett from Hornchurch is directing the iconic play.

She told the Recorder: “It’s typical Agatha Christie, somebody is murdered and there are lots of clues staged throughout the play.

“Hopefully the audience picks up on them. It’s all discovered at the end and hopefully there will be alot of ‘oh yeahs’ and ‘oh mys’ from the audience.

“It’s just as exciting to know who’s murdered as it is to know who the murderer is.”

On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners and Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay, find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom.

Tragedy strikes when a body is discovered and all fingers point to Simon’s ex fiancée.

Holidaying cleric, Canon Pennefather is drawn into a web of intrigue as he finds himself on the trail of a ruthless murder.

Jenny Draper, 28, from Purfleet plays Jacqueline de Severac, the vengeful ex fiancée.

“[Jacqueline] has a lot going on - she’s been jilted by her fiancée who has left her for her best friend,” Jenny said.

“It consumes her, it eats her up inside until she’s a completely different person.

“She’s so much fun to play, she’s very dramatic - one of the other characters describes her as having hot blood.”

Murder on the Nile will be Jenny’s first performance in a Christie play, however she was already a fan of the writer’s stories.

Jenny added: “Agatha Christie is so clever, you would think with the amount of stories she writes, they would get formulaic but she always surprises you.

“Canon Pennefather is quite different from Poirot.

“You never suspect Poirot, but Pennefather has a motive and he’s a bit of a nefarious character.”

Murder on the Nile runs from Wednesday, June 6 - June 9.

Tickets are available at brooksidetheatre.com or 01708 755775.

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