Mumbai audiences are in for a treat. From January 30th to February 9th, an NCPA Production adaption of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’D will be staged at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre. This show is being done in collaboration with the Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative Production from the United Kingdom.
This play has been adapted for the stage from Agatha Christie’s book of the same name, by Rachel Wagstaff, and it has been reimagined for an Indian audience by Ayeesha Menon. Ms. Wagstaff’s other adaptations include Birdsong and Girl on a Train. Melly Still, the director of this play aims to bring together Agatha Christie fans with a new generation of television whodunnit drama audiences, through an innovative interpretation of this classic novel. Ms. Still has earlier been nominated for the Olivier and Tony awards. This play boasts of a stellar cast that includes theatre luminaries like Avantika Akerkar, Shernaz Patel, Sonali Kulkarni, Denzil Smith plus a host of other actors.
It is the story of a house-bound Miss Mistry (Shernaz Patel) who is visited by her friend and rival in crime, Superintendent of Police Daniel D’Mello (Denzil Smith), after a glamorous drinks party that ends in murder. Set in 1976, the mystery revolves around a fading Bollywood film star, Mamta (Sonali Kulkarni), who is making her comeback in films. Why did she disappear from the silver screen; why has she moved to an old Portuguese manor house, Casa Braganza, in a sleepy Goan town? And who would want to kill her?
This traditional whodunnit has been re-imagined to focus on the 'why' as much as the ‘who’. Replaying and re-examining events from a variety of perspectives, the unexpected staging explores how we try to shape our memories but end up being shaped by them. The music and sound has been designed by Jon Nicholls and the sets by Richard Kent. Don’t miss this exciting production. Tickets at the NCPA box office and from BookMyShow.