Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (PG-13)

Adapted by Rick Robinson

Based on the mystery “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie

September 15th - November 5th




The Story

Poirot returns to the Cabaret stage in a new adaptation of one of Agatha’s Christie’s most revered mysteries. Poirot is forced out of retirement when his friend, Roger Ackroyd, is found brutally murdered. There’s a locked door, an opened window, and a chair that moves itself and every suspect hiding a secret. Even for the renowned detective, the truth proves elusive…for a while.


Were it movie, Poirot would be rated PG-13, with mild coarse language, onstage violence, and discussion of murder.


A Price Seating - $43 | B Price Seating - $39 | C Price Seating - $29 for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday shows
A Price Seating - $49 | B Price Seating - $43 | C Price Seating - $29 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows

Show Times

All matinees start at 1 pm and all evening shows start at 8pm

Praise for Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 

"This murder mystery is a purely delicious, delightful romp that would be absolutely criminal to pass up."

Kathleen Alaks

Grants Pass Daily Courier

Rick Robinson, who has adapted the Agatha Christie novel for the Cabaret stage, and director Todd Nielsen have created a production that is meticulously detailed, injected with laugh-out-loud humor and strengthened by yet another stellar group of actors, featuring Louis Lotorto as the mustachioed Poirot and Michael J. Hume as Dr. Shepherd, who is enlisted as Poirot’s assistant. It’s an excellent pairing.

Lee Juillerat

Ashland News

A labyrinth of deceit and secrets, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is a classic whodunit with a splash of panache, a puzzle that is engaging to the final piece.

Kathleen Alaks

Grants Pass Daily Courier

Meet the Cast

Louis Lotorto*

Louis Lotorto*

Hercule Poirot

Previously at the Cabaret: Poirot in Poirot: The Murder on the Links

Other productions include: Fred/Fezziwig/Mr. Grimes/George/Tiny Tim/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in Patrick Barlow's A Christmas Carol, Clown #1 in The 39 Steps, Clarence in It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Bradley in Buried Child (Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara); Boult in Pericles, Phillip in Orphans, Cleante in The Miser, Franco in Enrico IV (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Ariel in The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.); Ensemble in An Enemy of the People with Sir Ian McKellen (Ahmanson Theatre)

Where he’s from: Originally Seattle, WA; Currently Los Angeles, CA for 25 years

Personal note: “I'd like to dedicate my work in this show to my father, who took me to my first play when I was 6 years old and instilled in me my love of the magic of Theatre!”

Michael J. Hume*

Michael J. Hume*

Dr. Shepherd

Previously at the Cabaret: Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street: The 1940s radio play; Director: Truman Capote’s Holiday Memories, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire; Co-Author (w/ Malcolm Hillgartner and Jahnna Beecham): They Came From Way Out There!, Dogpark: The Musical

Other productions include: 28 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, most recently as ‘Gonzalo’ in The Tempest; roles with Marin Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, South Coast Rep, Clarence Brown Theatre, Hartford Stage, Capital Rep Albany, American Conservatory Theatre, International Theatre Vienna, Playwrights Horizons NYC

Where he’s from: Originally Tustin, CA; Currently Ashland, OR for 30 years

U. Jonathan Toppo*

U. Jonathan Toppo*

Roger Ackroyd/Inspector Raglan

This is Jonathan’s Oregon Cabaret on stage debut!

Other productions include: Northumberland/Glendower in Henry IV, Part One (Folger Shakespeare Theater), Boult/ensemble in Pericles (Guthrie Theater), Over 30 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival including: Tilney in Shakespeare in Love; Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor: Green in Richard II; Fortinbras in A Wrinkle in Time; Steve Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire; Pistol in Henry V; Monsieur de Bonnefoi in The Imaginary Invalid; Sir Walter Blunt in Henry IV, Part One; Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dad in Distracted; Philippe Petit in UP; Irvin in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Taylor in Gibraltar; Hofbauer in The Visit; Larry in Handler; Trinculo in The Tempest; Jason in Wit; Aramis in The Three Musketeers; Bernard in Death of a Salesman.

Where he’s from: Originally Stamford, CT; Currently Ashland, OR for 30 years

Noelle Franco*

Noelle Franco*

Flora Ackroyd

This is Noelle’s Oregon Cabaret debut!

Other productions include: Off Broadway—The world premier of Jericho (The Attic Theater Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New York Classical Theater); King Lear, The Old Man I Used to Know (Smith Street Stage); Regional—Valor (The Guthrie Theater); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Center Stage); La Victima (Latino Theatre Company); Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Virginia Rep)

Where she’s from: Originally Pasadena, CA; Currently Los Angeles, CA for 3 years

Personal note: “I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Thank you for welcoming me into your space. www.noellefrancoartist.com”

Elizabeth Gudenrath

Elizabeth Gudenrath

Mrs Ackroyd/Miss Russell

This is Elizabeth’s Oregon Cabaret debut!

Other productions include: Catherine in Proof (Collaborative Theatre Project); Dawn in Perseverance, Constance in The Night Climber, Liz in Primary User (Ashland New Plays Festival); Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre); Tilly in Melancholy Play, Estelle in No Exit, Narrator/Pisano in Cymbeline (Theatrum Elysium); Kate/Ben/Jackey in Anton in Show Business, Dona Angela in Phantom Lady, Conjure Woman in Dark of the Moon (X Repertory Theatre Company); Sue in Sympathetic Magic, Diana Sheridan in The Intern (Theatre Tribe); Anna in The Princess Diaries I & II (Walt Disney); Julie in Shameless (Showtime)

Where she’s from: Originally Omaha, NE; Currently Jacksonville, OR for 7 years.

Dan Olson

Dan Olson

Major Blunt

Previously at the Cabaret: Professor Moriarty and others in Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem

Other productions include: Dan Lucey in Jericho (NYFringe); Henry the Tattooed Man in Speakeasy Dollhouse: Brothers Booth (Players Theatre); Davis in Someone to Belong To (The PIT); Jonas in Antigone, Fred in Present Laughter (MADCOW Theatre); Daniel in Compleat Works of Shkspr (Huntington College Theatre Company)

Where they are from: Originally Darlington, WI; Currently Ashland, OR for 1 year

Personal note: “All my love to Caitlin Rose, my family and friends both near and far, and the creative community that has welcomed me so completely here at OCT. @DanOl5on”

Dani Brady

Dani Brady

Ursula Bourne and Others

Previously at the Cabaret: US Belle and Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol

Where she’s from: Originally Riverton, UT; Currently Medford, OR for 1 year

Personal note: “All my thanks to the people who have helped me do the only thing I know is the thing for me. My heart to the stage and screen.”

Presila Quinby*

Presila Quinby*

Caroline Shepherd

Previously at the Cabaret: Jeanette in The Full Monty, The Blondes in Gunmetal Blues

Other productions include: Rose in The Secret Garden (St. James Theater on Broadway), Mrs. Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (George Gershwin Theater on Broadway), Molly Sweeney in Molly Sweeney (Next Stage Rep), Chris in Calendar Girls (Camelot Theatre)

Where she’s from: Originally Philadelphia, PA; Currently Ashland, OR for 22 years

Personal note: “Joyous thanks to my husband; the late, great Bil Leonhart. Your love made me who I am.”

Ryan Andrew Feyk*

Ryan Andrew Feyk*

Parker and Others

This is Ryan’s Oregon Cabaret debut!

Other productions include: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (The Vainglory Theatre Team), Chris Keller in All My Sons (VOICE Theatre)

Where he’s from: Currently Brooklyn, NY for 18 years.

Personal note: “I'd like to thank OCT for the warm welcome!”

William Champion*

William Champion*

Ralph Paton and Others

This is William’s Oregon Cabaret debut!

Other productions include: The voice of General Tiberius in Barbarians (Netflix); York in Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Under St. Marks Theatre); Toad in Wind in the Willows, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone (Peterborough Players); Boy/Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher (Winnipesaukee Playhouse)

Where he’s from: Originally London, UK; Currently Queens, NYC for 3 years.

Personal note: “Will would like to thank his parents Nancy and Bill for cursing him with the acting gene, his brother Jon for being his almost-twin, and Emily for everything else. IG: @WillTheChamp”