London County Hall

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Tickets

based on 27 reviews

London County Hall

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Booking until: Sunday, 31 March 2019

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Tickets from £11.90
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Performance Times
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19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

Age restrictions

Parental guidance. Babes in arms are not permitted.

Important Information

Latecomers may not be admitted.

Please note - Gallery Seats are not suitable for those who have difficulties climbing stairs are Vertigo sufferers. Row A has narrow access to seats.

Booking from:
Friday, 6 October 2017

Booking until:
Sunday, 31 March 2019

Running time:
2 hours 15 minutes

There's nothing quite like the magnificent London County Hall for drama, the ideal venue for an Agatha Christie crime story that has never lost its popularity. Welcome to Christie’s gripping story of justice, betrayal and passion, Witness for the Prosecution, played out in a remarkable courtroom-like setting that adds extra sizzle to this already sizzling sausage of a murder mystery.

The Witness for the Prosecution began life as a short story called Traitor's Hands, published in a cheap weekly story magazine called Flynn's in 1925. 1933 saw the tale published in book form for the first time as Witness for the Prosecution, in a collection called The Hound of Death.

What's the plot? Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, his wealthy older lover. French wasn't aware he was married, and made him her heir. When she dies in suspicious circumstances Vole's wife, Romaine, testifies as a witness for the prosecution, as part of a complex plan to get her husband freed. But circumstances ultimately reveal how Vole did actually kill French. Vole's mistress, who only turns up at the end of the play, is about to be arrested for perjury along with Vole, when Romaine grabs a knife and... well, you'll have to come along and see what happens.

This is a landmark stage production and London County Hall, on the South Bank, is the perfect venue. Designed by architect Ralph Knott, it was under construction for 11 years before being opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1922. It was the HQ of the city's local government for many years, including the infamous GLC, and its unique octagonal chamber and four galleries overlooking it create an incredibly atmospheric setting for the action.

The Daily Mail calls it “Criminally good” and says “The queen of cunning has been brilliantly served”. The Arts Desk calls it a delight, confessing to being guilty of a good night out. We're all set for a show that entertains, amuses and unsettles in the exact way Christie intended.

Who is this show for?
This is a complicated crime drama, with admission restricted to people aged five and older. Children under five won't be admitted.

Press Reviews

Criminally Good Daily Mail

A palatial interior fit for the Queen of crime Daily Telegraph

The Perfect Setting. A deliciously enjoyable revival TimeOut

Christie's courtroom drama in the grand chamber at County Hall entertains, amuses and unsettles Daily Telegraph

Agatha Christie’s ingenious courtroom drama fits perfectly in County Hall Guardian

The setting, the playing, the plotting keep you guessing happily throughout The Times

Customer Reviews

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based on 27 reviews

Enthralling with a twist(if you hadn’t seen the movie)

Courtroom drama with a twist.The LCC building is iconic for those of a certain age,seating in gallery was restricted view but did not ruin entertainment,would recommend to all that like a whodunnit.

London Box Office customer

A classic masterpiece!

It's Agatha Christie at her finest and that says it all. The theatre set-up is very fortunate as the seats are laid out as they would be in a real courtroom. The actors would enter from between the audience's seats and that integrates the spectators into the sow. Nice touch with the jury!

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Europe 2028

Well organised theatre staff, great location and great script and cast. Thank

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Wonderful story beautifully acted

The set was excellent and really drew you into the thrilling story. The acting was excellent and the stage management a joy to watch

London Box Office customer

It is must see if in London!

Loved the show, loved being able to take drinks from the bar into the theatre, and loved the ability to pre-order drinks for the break. Only one complaint- it was HOT and humid. No ventilation. Loved watching the great performance, but had to wipe sweat out of my eyes a lot.

London Box Office customer

Must see!

Totally captivated from start to finish in this fine, fine production. I think Agatha Christie herself would have delighted in the setting. Loved being part of the court proceedings which was achieved by actors very skillfully addressing and including the audience from time to time. Am recommending to friends and family as a definite must see!

London Box Office customer

Really different and a great theatre experience

This was a very different production and was set up dramatically from the start. Really, really entertaining. I would definitely recommend

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First Class

I like not to think while watching Agatha Christie stories. I just let the pieces of new information flow fluently completing the whole picture of puzzle. This show was exactly like that. Fluent, interesting, no weak places. The story kept my attention 100% from the begining to the end over two hours. The story had twists in it so that I ended up with my mouth open. Watching Agatha Christie stories (played by professionals) can never be a disappointment.

London Box Office customer

Good Show

London Box Office customer

Outstanding show

As a proven theatre goer this was something very different. Acting and storyline were fantastic. Beautiful setting and building. Would recommend to all without hesitation.

London Box Office customer

loved the show. the acting was superb. definitely one to recommend . storyline great

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Fantastic show!

Loved this play! The characters were so believable in looks and demeanour,

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Loved it

A great play with very talented cast. Interesting theatre. Had a great evening.

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My experience of the show was ruined by the obstructed view from the gallery.

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Excellent play

Excellent play, fantastic setting County Hall was ideal as it had a real courtroom and added to the atmosphere.

London Box Office customer

Innovative setting for a popular play

The Actor who played Leonard Vole was a bit weak, and at times inaudible. Christine Vole's acting was a bit over the top. Otherwise a pleasant enough play, good use of the County Hall Chamber as a setting. Not a good idea to sit in the gallery any further back the row B, you're unlikely to see much of the action.

London Box Office customer

Excellent Drama at excellent venue

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Fantastic setting, brilliant plot, great script

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a good show in this great setti g

London Box Office customer

Superb evening of entertainment

London Box Office customer

Brilliant plot

Perfect setting for this courtroom drama. All actors brilliant with faultless delivery of this tremendous Agatha Christie plot. If you go to this show try to get seats opposite the judge's chair for best view of all the action.

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Definitely see

Excellent all round show. Brilliantly performed and setting in court great. Lovely building for the show to take place.

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