November 2019

Murder on the Orient Express: All Aboard!

Author: Andrea Gannon | Photographer: Gustavo Rattia

The Cast of Murder on the Orient Express.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is kicking off its 2019/20 Theater Season with suspense, drama, and high stakes, all aboard a luxurious locomotive, with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The story unfolds on a lavish train excursion through the snow-covered Swiss Alps, when just after midnight, an avalanche stops the elegant Orient Express in its tracks. The train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, enter the brilliant sleuth—Christie’s most ubiquitous recurring creation—the mustachioed Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot, the world-famous crime investigator with a knack for solving crimes with great precision, instinctual smarts, and meticulous accuracy. Poirot (played to perfection by Warren Kelley) interrogates all passengers, searching systematically for clues before the assassin can strike again. With a locomotive full of suspects and a seemingly airtight alibi for each one, Murder on the Orient Express is the perfect mystery for October, rife with twists and turns until the final curtain!

Adapted by master playwright Ken Ludwig, Murder on the Orient Express was hailed by Broadway World as “a love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script adaptation by Ludwig. It has everything you could want: broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects.” Ludwig delightfully infuses his characteristic wittiness in the material as well.

The Arts Center Season Opener, running October 1-27, is directed by New York City’s Claudia Zahn, and is cast with a constellation of many Arts Center favorites returning to the stage along with some new, extremely talented actors rounding out the company.

So, this October, when the Orient Express whistle blows, just sit down, settle in, and enjoy the ride!

Preview pricing, October 1-3, is $41 for adults and $28 for children (ages 5-15), and regular performances, October 4-27, are $51 for adults and $38 for children (ages 5-15). To purchase, call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or visit 

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