In celebration of Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders opening night, The Capitol Theatre will host a street fair that will transform the 400 block of Cleveland Street into a scene from 1940s era Britain. Classic cars will line the street with the sounds of Scottish bagpipers and the 18-piece Ten O’clock Swing Band on hand to set the mood. Dressed in period attire, students from The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute will welcome patrons and serve as the Queen’s Guard at the doors of the Capitol Theatre. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their vintage best to dance alongside professional swing dancers, view living statues of Winston Churchill and Big Ben, as well as partake in a wine tasting. When the sun goes down, scenes from the Capitol’s history will come to life on the theater’s façade. The street festival is free and open to the public with entertainment from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The opening night performance on Tuesday, November 13 is sold out.
Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders stories were initially part of the BBC Mystery Play Series just before and after World War II. The manuscripts were lost for more than fifty years due to the London Blitz and post-war reconstruction. For many years, legendary Broadway producer Zev Buffman had heard about these long lost play scripts and he set out to find them. Not only did he find the scripts, but many of them were the original actors’ scripts with notations from the actors themselves!
Adapted for the stage by Judith Walcutt and David Ossman, and only presented once two seasons ago by Zev and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kentucky, Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders became a stunning international hit and drew audiences from all parts of the world. This will be the production’s Florida premier before starting a United States National Tour.
Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders is proudly supported by the Tampa Bay Times, Morgan Stanley, Vology, Besa Grill, Pinch-A-Penny and D-Mar General Contracting.
Reserved tickets priced at $55.00 and $40.00 for the Monday and Thursday-Sunday performances of Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.RuthEckerdHall.com/BBCMurders.The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime.