A late autumn trip is taking me to Hong Kong and Beijing for Trinity College and I’ll be staying out East for Xmas and New Year. 2019 is going to be very busy, so I  hope to return refreshed and invigorated!

In January I direct the the UK National Tour of Agatha Christie’s famous The Mousetrap, with a terrific cast of eight talented actors who will spend ten months on the road taking the show to small large and medium-sized venues. All are sworn to secrecy about whodunnit of course – as am I.

February sees me working at the British American Drama Academy for the second time on a Solo Performing module, and around that time I’m hoping to arrange a reading of my new four-hander play, recently retitled A Jubilant Brain, exploring the outrageous life of the twentieth century author and critic, James Agate.

Spring sees the the world premiere of Gerard Logan in my production of Night Terrors –  our dramatisation of E.F. Benson’s gloriously spooky tales of the supernatural. And I’m really delighted that Rohan McCullough is reviving her performance as Winston’s Churchill’s wife in Hugh Whitemores’s My Darling Clemmie which we will take to the Edinburg Festival fringe in August. Last time we went it sold out before opening night!

Meanwhile the audiobook recordings continue, and first next year is the little known 900 page novel by Henry James, called The Tragic Muse. Quite a contrast to the next Maigret book – number 56 out of 75.