By Katrina ffiske

Salisbury Playhouse is very proud to be hosting the European premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff. It is a co-production with Wales Millennium Centre.

Julia Hills is returning to the Playhouse to play Miss Marple’s best friend Dolly Bantry, her last role was Mum in the successful production of Worst Wedding Ever.

Julia was rehearsing in London when we chatted. “I’m enjoy playing Dolly, she is a comfortable, cosy, jolly lady who makes me laugh. In our first week of rehearsal, we worked closely with writer Rachel.

The play developed during rehearsals and she had been very open to changing lines.

“The play is set in the 60s, the same time the play was written. Social change is in the air, girls are wearing trousers and Miss Marple is feeling the world has no need of her. Into the perfect English village drops the glamour of Hollywood and a beautiful film star.”

Everyone loves Agatha Christie, “but don’t expect the same traditional drawing room Agatha Christie, this production is slightly different.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Salisbury to continue rehearsing, it’s a fantastic theatre to work in. It’s a hub of industry and activity, they have their own costume department and make their own sets.

“These days, many playhouses have had to sell off these departments. Locals should treasure the Playhouse.”

The Mirror Crack’d, February 15 to March 9.

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