McCarter Theatre announces cast and creative team for ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Allan Corduner will play Detective Hercule Poirot in McCarter’s production of “Murder on the Orient Express.”

McCarter Theatre Center has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery masterpiece, “Murder on the Orient Express.” The play will run from March 14 to April 2.

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” has thrilled mystery lovers from the page, the screen, and over the airwaves since its publication in 1934. McCarter audiences will be the first to experience the story live on stage. In collaboration with the Agatha Christie estate, Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig and McCarter Director Emily Mann will join forces to present Christie’s mystery masterpiece.

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

The creative team features a quartet of Tony Award-winning designers: sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Darron West.

Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Pritchard, said he is delighted that McCarter will be the scene of the crime.

“Hercule Poirot is 100 years old and has never been more full of life,” Pritchard said. “My grandmother’s best known character continues to invite new interpretations and to inspire other great talents. The theatre is no exception and that is why I’m delighted that Ken Ludwig will be bringing his unique voice to what some would say is Poirot’s greatest story.”