Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at TheatreFest
by Zack Smith
Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, which was written as an original vehicle for the actress Margaret Lockwood during the final rehearsals for her better-known Witness for the Prosecution, combines drawing-room farce with drawing-room murder mystery. Even upon its initial production in 1954, critics found the play derivative of Christie’s other works. Indeed, Christie herself seemed to realize this: One character in Spider’s Web mentions Ten Little Indians.
As the third in N.C. State University’s It’s Murder! trilogy of Christie plays, Spider’s Web is a light and slight piece of entertainment that offers a few laughs among the old-fashioned English murder.