All the tinsel from our latest record-breaking Panto has been swept up and we start the New Year with our traditional January winter warmer, Agatha Christie’s whodunit GO BACK FOR MURDER.

“Take what you want, but pay for it.”

Carla le Marchant wants to know who killed her philandering artist father Amyas Crale.

Her mother went down for poisoning him and died in prison, but a letter she left for Carla swears her innocence.

Enlisting the help of young solicitor Justin Fogg, Carla reassembles the suspects at her childhood home on the South Coast, determined to find out what really happened.

In an unusual departure from her traditional murder mysteries, Christie’s uses flashbacks to slip seamlessly between the present of 1952 to the past of 1936, examining the danger of relying on personal testimony warped by time, prejudice, and perception. The inconsistencies between each suspect’s testimony reveal a disturbing and terrible truth.

“It’s there, you know – in the eyes…”

Adapted by Christie herself from her Hercule Poirot novel Five Little Pigs, the Queen of Crime cut the Belgian detective from the theatrical version, preferring to open up the possibility of romance by introducing Fogg, the charming young lawyer and amateur sleuth, into the mix. The result is a classic whodunnit, with all of the ingredients skilfully blended together to create the perfect mystery.

Following in the footsteps of Murder on the Nile (2016) and The Unexpected Guest (2017), our annual January thriller has become an unmissable and much-loved feature of our calendar.

This must-see show is full of surprises, and director Phil Bradley says it has “more red herrings than North Shields fish quay”! It’s already selling well, so book early to bag your favourite seat!

We end our current Season next month with BREAKING THE CODE, a tender portrait of Alan Turing, a key figure in breaking the enigma code but whose private life fell afoul of social attitudes in 1950s Britain.

There’s no resting on our laurels, though, as we then head straight into our Spring/Summer Season, starting with our talented Young People’s Theatre taking part in the National Theatre Connections Festival. We’re taking audiences right up until July with something for everyone, including Alan Bennett’s adaptation of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, outrageous black comedy COOKING WITH ELVIS by Newcastle’s own Lee Hall, spy spoof THE 39 STEPS and Irvine Welsh’s generation defining TRAINSPOTTING. Tickets for these shows, and the rest of the new Season, will go on sale soon.

GO BACK FOR MURDER by Agatha Christie
DATE: Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 January 2018
TIME: 7.30pm
VENUE: The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne,
TICKETS: £13.50 (Concessions £11)
TELE: 0191 265 5020