Vagabond Players stage Agatha Christie mystery

Classic mystery fans, take note: The Vagabond Players are offering up a dramatic treasure by Agatha Christie.

Towards Zero, a gripping murder mystery from the noted Queen of Crime, is onstage at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park Feb. 2 to 26.

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The story begins when the frail and elderly Lady Tressilian (Diane Tzingounakis) invites several guests to her seaside home. The party, however, turns sour when her nephew, the tennis star Neville Strange (Robson Baker) brings along his new wife, knowing that his ex-wife will also be present.

When Lady Tressilian is killed, Superintendent Battle, who is holidaying nearby, finds himself facing a “labyrinthine maze of clues and deception,” a press release notes.

The cast includes Madeleine Halbauer and Alexandra Wilson as Kay and Audrey, the two wives whose rivalry creates tension. Alex Ross and Shawn Hillman play Thomas Royde and Ted Latimer, the two men who care for the unhappy women in spite of their seemingly unbreakable bond with Neville.

Peter Robbins and Sheldon Landry play Superintendent Battle and his nephew, Inspector Leach.

Deborah Tom appears as lawyer Mattie Treves, and Abbey St. Brendan is Mary Aldin, Lady Tressilian’s devoted companion.

It’s directed by Miles Lavkulich.

Towards Zero is onstage Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on Feb. 2 and 3. Buy tickets through www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets, or call 604-521-0412.

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