A Lake District theatre is looking forward to opening its doors to live audiences for the first time in 18 months this autumn.
The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness on Windermere is coming back to life with a small autumn programme to begin with before opening more fully in the spring.
Fliss Pocock, theatre manager, said: “It has been a difficult time for everyone, but government support has been an enormous help and as ever the theatre has relied heavily on the financial support given by The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
“We are so pleased to be welcoming audiences back in October and have been delighted with the response so far – I think people are really excited to be back in theatres after such a long time.”
The autumn season starts with Where Is Mrs Christie? on Thursday October 14.
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events that sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history.
Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days.
However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of her life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Actor Liz Grand presents her new one-woman show Where Is Mrs Christie?
Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance that was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!