Arts and Culture

Come aboard the Orient Express!

A classic whodunit tale comes to the stage

The Okanagan Red Dot players are transporting audiences through an evening of murder and mystery, as they bring to life Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

This version is adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig and tells the story of a murder on the famous luxury Orient Express train en route to Paris. The investigation is led by the famous detective Hercule Poirot who tries to unravel a complex mystery among the passengers onboard.

“It's a suspense story, it takes place in the Yugoslavian mountains as the train is stranded. So, Poirot needs to find out who the murderer was,” Director Jeremy Beaulne told Kelowna10. “It's sort of like a locked room mystery. Because there are only a certain number of potential suspects.”

In what’s being called their biggest production yet, the stage transforms into several impressive set pieces on the train. Beaulne noted this production is specific to the time period and brings the true essence of the Orient Express.

“We've had our set decorators, and a big crew of people making it look beautiful. It’s an Art Deco set, set in 1934,” he explained. “The Orient Express is this luxury train liner going from Istanbul to Paris. And what we really tried to capture was the luxury and the beauty of the train.”

The show runs from March 14th to March 24th at the Okanagan College Theatre (Room S104), 1000 KLO Road.

Tickets for the performances can be purchased online.

Published 2024-03-13 by Connor Chan

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