Detective duo’s tough assignment

The Secret Adversary at The Devonshire Park Theatre from March 31 to April 4. SUS-151102-152932001
The Secret Adversary at The Devonshire Park Theatre from March 31 to April 4. SUS-151102-152932001

Agatha Christie’s 1922 thriller The Secret Adversary will receive its world stage premiere this spring in a new adaptation by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari.

Introducing crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence to the stage for the first time, The Secret Adversary plays The Watermill prior to a six-week national tour which takes in Devonshire Park Theatre from March 31-April 4.

This is the first new stage adaptation of Christie’s work in over a decade. Emerald O’Hanrahan (best known as Emma Grundy in The Archers) and Garmon Rhys (Wilfred Owen in national tour of Regeneration) play the roles of Tuppence and Tommy.

With a fresh and inventive theatrical approach, this production is a play with live music and promises fast-paced action with comedy and romance.

The first of five Tommy and Tuppence thrillers which spanned Christie’s writing career (and indeed the lives of the two characters), The Secret Adversary follows the daring and dizzying adventures of the duo through 1920s London.

Home from the First World War, flat-broke and unemployed, our intrepid young heroes embark on an outlandish business scheme ‘The Young Adventurers Limited’ - willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything.

Their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem. Will the nation survive? And who exactly is Mr. Brown?

Tommy and Tuppence are set to be the detective couple on everyone’s lips in 2015 when the glamorous pair feature in the new BBC adaptation, Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.

Tickets £15.50-£23, book online at eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call 01323 412000.