The production will tour the UK from the 26th September.

It has been announced that Lin Blakley (Eastenders) will be starring in the new UK tour of Philip Meeks’ Murder, Margaret and Me to play Agatha Christie in Damian Cruden’s production.

She will be joined on stage by Sarah Parks (Coronation Street, ITV; Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Margaret Rutherford, and Gilly Tompkins (Gangsta Granny, Garrick Theatre and National Tour; The 3 Emos, Smashing Mirrors Theatre) as the Spinster.

Murder, Margaret and Me is the story of an unlikely friendship between famed actress Margaret Rutherford and world-renowned Queen of Crime Agatha Christie. In the early sixties, these two national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema’s most successful
franchises. But the Miss Marple movies were almost never made….

Writer Philip Meeks came up with the play having completed extensive research as well as authentic letters from Agatha to Stringer Davies to authenticate his story.

Talking about the play he said: “It transpires the two great women
had forged a relationship beyond their awkward meeting on the set of Marple. I’ve been able to refer to an amazing archive of letters in this version of the play. It makes me feel even more that what I’ve written is as I intended it to be, a play paying homage to the two great women.”

As well as being directed by Damian Cruden, the production’s creative team includes: designs by Dawn Allsopp, lighting by Richard Jones and sound by Yvonne Gilbert.

The dates for the production are as follows:

26th – 28th September Churchill Theatre

30th September – 5th October Theatre Royal Windsor

8th – 12th October Malvern Theatres

22nd – 27th October Devonshire Park Theatre

28th – 30th October New Wolsey Ipswich

31st October – 2nd November The Haymarket

5th – 10th November Kings Theatre Portsmouth

11th – 13th November Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds