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Murder on the Orient Express

Closed April 2, 2017

A new adaptation of Hercule Poirot's most famous case!

Why See Murder on the Orient Express?

World Premiere

Agatha Christie's fiendish tale of murder and skulduggery comes to the McCarter Theatre Center in a brand new adaptation by Ken Ludwig. Starring as the inimitable Hercule Poirot is English stage and screen star Allan Corduner (Florence Foster Jenkins, Homeland), and he's joined in the cast by Tony winner Max Von Essen (An American in Paris) and Broadway alum Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof).

First published in 1934, Murder on the Orient Express is one of Christie's most famous works, and has been adapted numerous times for the big and small screen, with a new Kenneth Branagh movie version also currently in the works. Taking place almost entirely within the confines of the famous Orient Express as it winds its way from from Istanbul to Paris, the mystery is set in motion when an American businessman is brutally stabbed. Luckily, the world renowned detective Hercule Poirot is also on board, and sets about discovering the killer's identity. But as Poirot discovers, nearly everyone on board the train seems to have a motive...

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Previews from: 14 March 2017

Opening night: 17 March 2017


Recommended for children aged 10+

Run time

1 hour and 50 minutes, with one intermission

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Cast and Creative


Allan Corduner as Hercule Poirot
Max von Essen as Ratchett/Col. Arburthnot
Alexandra Silber as Countess Andrenyi
Veanne Cox as Princess Dragomiroff
Julie Halston as Mrs. Hubbard
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Michel
Susannah Hoffman as Mary Debenham
Juha Sorola as MacQueen
Samantha Steinmetz as Greta Ohlsson
Evan Zes as Bouc


Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie
Directed by Emily Mann
Sets by Beowulf Boritt
Costumes by William Ivey Long
Lighting by Ken Billington
Sound by Darron L. West

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