York-based actress Andrina Carroll joins Nichola McAuliffe and Susie Blake in the premiere production of comedy thriller Murder, Margaret and Me by Philip Meeks at York Theatre Royal this month.
Andrina will play The Spinster – who narrates and leads the story, whilst bearing a certain resemblance to legendary sleuth Miss Marple. Her previous appearances at York Theatre Royal include Mother in The Railway Children, Forty Years On, Peter Pan, The Crucible, Brassed Off, Educating Rita and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Andrina said: “I’m thrilled to be back at the Theatre Royal working with Damian and a great company in a fantastic part at a theatre where I’ve done a lot of exciting work in the past.”
Murder, Margaret and Me explores the relationship between Queen of Crime Agatha Christie and the acting legend known as ‘the funniest woman alive’ Margaret Rutherford. In the early 1960s these two strong national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises but the Miss Marple films were almost never made. Christie didn’t want Rutherford to bring her fabled spinster to life and Rutherford was mortified at the prospect of sullying her reputation with something as sordid as murder.
This production forms part of a year-long programme of work put together by an all-female panel which aims to redress the imbalance in women’s roles in both theatrical work and the industry as a whole. These productions, events and activities will run alongside York Theatre Royal’s spring and autumn 2017 seasons.
Murder, Margaret and Me is at York Theatre Royal until 4th March. Tickets are available now priced £30 – £12 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking) from the box office on 01904 623568 and online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.