The Mysterious Affair at Styles

FULL LENGTH - murder mystery adaptation
-Nominated for Sixteen Broadway World Regional Awards
-Highlight of 2022 - Play Off the Page
-Critics' Pick - Star Tribune

This faithful, new adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES introduces audiences to the first mystery of Hercule Poirot.

The year is 1916 and, injured in WWI,...
FULL LENGTH - murder mystery adaptation
-Nominated for Sixteen Broadway World Regional Awards
-Highlight of 2022 - Play Off the Page
-Critics' Pick - Star Tribune

This faithful, new adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES introduces audiences to the first mystery of Hercule Poirot.

The year is 1916 and, injured in WWI, Hastings finds himself convalescing at the manor of his old friend, John Cavendish. But when John's mother is poisoned in the middle of the night, everyone becomes a suspect. The only person who can solve the crime is none other than the famed Belgium detective, Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie's gifts of misdirection are on full display as red herrings, twists, and turns lead the audience on a dizzying journey to find out whodunnit.
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    21 Jan. 2021
    A murder mystery that is an utter treat and makes for a thrilling night of theatre! Marvelous!

Character Information

  • LIEUTENANT HASTINGS
    20s+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A romantic soldier who aspires to be a detective, his leg was wounded in WWI
  • HERCULE POIROT
    40s+,
    Any, Belgium
    ,
    Male, Non-binary
    A funny little man, but wonderfully clever. His neatness is almost incredible. A man of great heart and intelligence.
  • DETECTIVE JAMES JAPP
    30s+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Working class detective, works for Scotland yard.
  • JOHN CAVENDISH
    20s - 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Practiced for some time as a barrister, but settled down to the more congenial life of a country squire
  • LAWRENCE CAVENDISH
    20s - 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    John's younger brother, a delicate youth. He trained as a doctor but lives at Styles to be a poet. Melancholic. Unusually shy and reserved.
  • ALFRED INGLETHORP
    30s - 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Black beard, gold-rimmed pince-nez, and a curious impassivity of feature. He might look natural on a stage, but out of place in real life. His voice is deep and unctuous. Should appear 20-years younger than actress cast as Mrs. Inglethorp.
  • DR. BAUERSTEIN
    30s - 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A tall bearded man similar in look to Alfred Inglethorp, specialist in poisons
  • MRS. EMILY INGLETHORP
    50s - 70s+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Formerly Mrs. Cavendish, John and Lawrence's stepmother. A handsome woman, energetic, autocratic personality. Should look much older than Alfred Inglethorpe. (Can be double cast with Evie Howard)
  • MISS EVIE HOWARD
    40s+,
    Any
    ,
    Female, Non-binary
    Gruff but kind. Alfred Inglethorp's cousin and bears a resemblance. (Can be double cast with Emily Inglethorpe)
  • MARY CAVENDISH
    20s+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Wife of John Cavendish. Intelligent. Longing for love.
  • CYNTHIA MURDOCH
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Works in the Red Cross Hospital. Fresh-looking young creature, full of life and vigor.
  • DORCAS
    30s+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Loyal parlor maid

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Theatre in the Round
    ,
    2022