Ruth takes on Agatha Christie at Hexagon
April 20, 2001
Actress Ruth Madoc is back in Agatha Christie country at The Hexagon next week when she heads the cast of a touring production of A Murder Is Announced.
But although it's a case for Miss Marple, Ruth is not playing the celebrated sleuth herself because she hasn't yet reached the requisite age.
But she told me: "I'll be happy to take on the part when I'm a few more years down the line!"
Ruth's role is that of the owner of the Victorian house where the killing, boldly announced beforehand in the local newspaper, occurs.
Miss M is played by Juliette Kaplan with Geoffrey Davies as Inspector Craddock and two fugitives from EastEnders, Leila Birch and Andrew Lynford, among the suspects.
Ruth has appeared in previous ‘Aggies' - both on stage and TV - but was last seen in Reading in the musical 42nd Street.
Although born in Norwich, because of family circumstances in the Second World War she has Welsh parentage and is Welsh speaking.
So, it's not surprising that she has been closely associated throughout her career with that archetypal Welsh poetic drama Under Milk Wood.
She claims she has played every female role in the Dylan Thomas classic in one production or another. She was also the first woman to take on the narrator's role and she was in the film version with that stellar couple Richard Burton and Liz Taylor.
She thinks that the appeal of the piece is that "it could be any small town anywhere".
Ruth reached her widest audience as one of the regulars in the long-running holiday camp series Hi-De-Hi.
But she says: "I had been working for years before that so I was able to continue afterwards without any danger of typecasting."
Ruth will soon be seen in the movie Very Annie Mary which is set in Wales and stars Jonathan Pryce.
A Murder Is Announced has performances on Monday at 8pm and Tuesday at 2pm and 8pm.
P Tickets from £10.50 with concessions can be booked at Reading Arts box office on (0118) 960 6060.