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Akhnaton

  • Agatha Christie
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Docudrama/Historic, Ancient
  • 12M, 4F
  • ISBN: PMS0000000208

An epic historical drama in three acts.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama, Docudrama/Historic
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Ancient
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
An enlightened Pharaoh falls foul of his conservative court when he attempts to unite the polytheist Egyptians under one god -- a course of actions that forces factions of both the army and priesthood to turn against him. Undeterred, Akhnaton's vision of a kingdom where people dwell in peace, truth, love and beauty will ultimately destroy him and all those he holds dear.

Regarded as one of her most extraordinary plays, this epic historical drama is unlike anything you have read of Christie's before.

REVIEWS:

"Most impressive of all, her 1937 play Akhnaton, set in Ancient Egypt, shows a profound understanding of the mores and character of an enlightened Pharaoh who fell foul of his conservative court. One of Christie's most profound and daring works."

 Neil Norman, Daily Express

"Akhnaton is no didactic tract, but a drama of ruthless logic and theatrical power, its characters sharply delineated, its arguments humanized and convincingly set forth."

 Charles Osborne, Theatre Critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain

"Agatha's most beautiful and profound play; brilliant in its delineation of character, tense with drama...the characters are submitted to exceptionally penetrating analytical treatment, because they are not merely subservient to the denouement of a murder plot, but each one is a prime agent in the development of a real historical drama."

 Max Mallowan, Archaeologist and Christie's second husband

  • Casting: 12M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Room for Extras, Expandable casting

  • THE HIGH PRIEST OF AMON
    AN ENVOY
    HOREMHEB
    A HERALD
    QUEEN TYI
    AKHNATON
    ROYAL SCRIBE
    NUBIAN SERVANT
    AY
    NEFERTITI
    NEZZEMUT
    PARA
    BEK
    PTAHMOSE
    TUTANKHATON
    CAPTAIN OF SOLDIERS

    SUPERNUMERARIES
    A WOMAN
    A MAN
    SECOND WOMAN
    SECOND MAN
    SOLDIERS
    ATTENDANTS
    YOUNG ARTISTS
    TRIBUTARIES
    FIRST STONEMASON
    SECOND STONEMASON
    PEASANTS