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PERTHSHIRE, Scotland, Sep 14, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- An Agatha Christie play that was lost for 75 years will make its European premiere in Scotland, it was reported Wednesday.

The crime novelist adapted "Chimneys" from one of her early books and it was supposed to be staged at London's Embassy Theatre in 1931, the Scotsman reported. But the performance was canceled and the play was forgotten.

A photocopy of the missing manuscript turned up in a Calgary, Canada, theater in 2003 and it was staged there, the Scotsman said. The original manuscript was then found in the vaults of the British Library.

"Chimneys" will get its first European staging in June at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Perthshire.

Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard, agreed to the staging after seeing another Christie play, "The Hollow", at Pitlochry.

"They were impressed by our acting, directing, sets and costumes," Pitlochry Chief Executive Nikki Axeford said.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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