London County Hall

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Tickets

4.8/5 - based on 73 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 29 March 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
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About Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

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.

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 29 March 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie description

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.

Next Performances for Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at London County Hall
tomorrow18th Jun 2019 7:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast
Wednesday19th Jun 2019 7:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast
Thursday20th Jun 2019 2:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast
Thursday20th Jun 2019 7:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast
Friday21st Jun 2019 7:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast
Saturday22nd Jun 2019 2:30pm

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Cast

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 73 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
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Recommended for:

Anyone (64%)
Families (67%)
Teenagers (73%)
Couples (89%)
Theatregoers (97%)
Latest customer reviews
Anna
True drama

The action takes place in real court. That is awesome!

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by , Moscow, Russian Federation

Barbara
A great reconstruction of the film from way back when!

Very well done show. Seating was excellent - most comfortable. A pity they sold food during the intermission as then some people crunched through the second half.

Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by , Incline Vlg, United States Of America

Maja
Classic Agatha Christie in a fabulous interpretation

Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by , Warszawa, Poland

Marilyn

Good plot two unexpected twists enjoyable evening

Reviewed on 03 June 2019 by , Tempe, Australia

Connie
Excellent plot and interesting play

Excellent acting by the Lawyer for Defence

Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore

Susan
Absorbing

Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Yvonne
An excellent setting for a courtroom drama. Bags of atmosphere!

This was a gripping play. The venue was just right for the story. If you have any mobility issues definitely stick with stalls. The upstairs galleries are steep and narrow to get to.

Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Beatrice

all was great - just the part of Mrs Vole: she's an outstanding actress, but really really has to work on her German accent: it wasn't German at all - German is my first language & grew up bilingual with English. She sounded eastern europeen e.g. polish or croatian or so. She's such a good actress, if she puts her mind to it she will improve it very quickly

Reviewed on 05 May 2019 by , Zürich, Switzerland

christopher
A must see

Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by , St. Columb Major, United Kingdom

Yvonne
Great play, great venue, great entertainment

Reviewed on 12 April 2019 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

Christelle
Amazing Acting!

Reviewed on 04 April 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Angela
Well worth seeing

Typically Agatha Christie - so very written. Performance was excellent although hearing the actors was a little difficult at times. Staging was 10 out of 10, the venue added to the staging. Balcony seats were very uncomfortable, a cushion would fix that though. All in all, well worth it.

Reviewed on 29 March 2019 by , Churchill, Australia

ian
Excellent production

Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by , Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom

Liya
Need some time before getting used to the British accent

When it says the seat had restricted view, it’s true

Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by , Amstelveen, Netherlands

Debbie
Great

Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by , Crewe, United Kingdom

Valerie
Amazing

Fantastic atmospheric show, feels like it’s completely real. Great historic setting. Not many seats in bar area. Other than that, best show in town

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Croft, United Kingdom

Gillian
Compelling

Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Katarina
Excellent acting

Reviewed on 20 February 2019 by , Fuerth, Germany

Sandra
A fabulous production.

Great show....in true Christie fashion, a twist at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great setting for this play. I was in seat C43 gallery. I couldn't see the witness box. But not a problem as sound was good. My seat was only £14.50. Absolutely no complaints! I lost my scarf.....someone handed it in. So a great day all round 😁

Reviewed on 10 February 2019 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Mike
Brilliant. An enthralling performance. Must see.

Reviewed on 10 February 2019 by , Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom

Gemma
Awesome show

It's was an awesome show, great acting, smooth stage management and set changes. Really great.

Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by , White British, United Kingdom

Denise
Recommend to watch show just to see difference from the film

The setting and set changes were good but the play had to many modern touches which wouldn't be around in the forties or fifties when this play (book) was first written. Also to many comedic moments. After all, it is about a murder.

Reviewed on 14 January 2019 by , Wallington, United Kingdom

Violette
A must see for every mystery-lovers

I read the book a long time ago, so I had a general knowledge of the plot, but even with that I had a few surprises! The actors were all very good, the stage is strickingly on point, ant to top it all, very comfy! Worth every penny!

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , Ganshoren, Belgium

Anne
Brilliant

Lovely venue - perfect for courtroom drama and comfy seats (stalls) and airy atmosphere. Excellent acting, engaging plot and brilliant twist at the end. The only slight annoyance was Vole’s wife’s accent which veered from South African to Indian despite her being portrayed as German but a minor point in an otherwise excellent performance by all the actors.

Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by , Oxford, United Kingdom

Ann

The acting was excellent. By the interval there were at least 3 ideas forming about what the ending might be so plenty to discuss. Scene changes were excellent too and very quickly done.

Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by , Rickmansworth, United Kingdom

peter
Don't miss this wonderful show!

Fantastic script, wonderful acting, amazing location.

Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by , Mold, United Kingdom

Simone

Fitting the play into a "real, old" room and having the stage integrated in the audince was an interesting experience. Well done.

Reviewed on 21 November 2018 by , Zurich, Switzerland

Howard

Full of Suspense and twists

Reviewed on 12 November 2018 by , Johannesburg, South Africa

Cristian
Perfect

Reviewed on 08 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Christine

Good, although we had restricted view and there are pillars but we could see most of the show. Given this is a courtroom drama it's more about the dialogue anyway so it didn't spoil it. Some of the speech was very quiet so could do with better audio. However would recommend, was worth the money (cheap seats!).

Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by , Blackburn, United Kingdom

Amirthakala
excellent

Very good show with a twist at the end. Excellent acting and stage effects. Picked up speed all the way through not a boring moment. Good atmosphere changes in every scene. Altogether a good time had.

Reviewed on 24 August 2018 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

peter
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.

Reviewed on 10 August 2018 by , Belfast, United Kingdom

Alina
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!

Reviewed on 25 July 2018 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

jennifer
Europe 2028

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

Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by , Rosebud, Australia

Philip
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

Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by , Brighton, United Kingdom

Gerald
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.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by , Amarillo, United States

Karen
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!

Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by , Arbroath, United Kingdom

Carol
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

Reviewed on 11 June 2018 by , Romsey, United Kingdom

Mario
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.

Reviewed on 31 May 2018 by , Jaklovce, Slovak Republic

Chris
Good Show

Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by , Reading, United Kingdom

Keith
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.

Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

Mark

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

Reviewed on 09 May 2018 by , Coolangatta, Australia

Lynne
Fantastic show!

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

Reviewed on 21 April 2018 by , Brampton, United Kingdom

Robin
Loved it

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

Reviewed on 23 March 2018 by , Incline Village, United States

duncan

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

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by , New Plymouth, New Zealand

Gabriel
compelling

Reviewed on 15 January 2018 by , Earlysville, United States

Moira
Excellent play

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

Reviewed on 08 January 2018 by , Cork, Ireland

Penelope
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.

Reviewed on 05 January 2018 by , Rickmansworth, United Kingdom

Anna
Excellent Drama at excellent venue

Reviewed on 04 January 2018 by , Northwood, United Kingdom

donagh
Fantastic setting, brilliant plot, great script

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

Reviewed on 10 December 2017 by , Galwaay, Ireland

Syed
Superb evening of entertainment

Reviewed on 03 December 2017 by , Battle, United Kingdom

Alban
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.

Reviewed on 26 November 2017 by , Alford, United Kingdom

Patricia
Definitely see

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

Reviewed on 26 November 2017 by , St Neots, United Kingdom

16 May
2019
Stuart King

Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at County Hall

by Stuart King | Thursday, May 16 2019, 11:48

Witness for the Prosecution As a youngster, I once experienced the sheer delight of catching a rare television screening of Charles Laughton‘s turn as Sir Wilfred Robarts - the wily, over-confident defence barrister - in Billy Wilder’s definitive 1958 film version.

Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at County Hall
11 Apr
2019
Phil Willmott

Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at London County Hall

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, April 11 2019, 12:38

Witness for the Prosecution What a brilliant idea director Lucy Bailey and designer William Dudley have had. Simply and cleverly staged in the round this production of Agatha Christie’s vintage courtroom drama makes perfect use of the abandoned council chamber in County Hall.

Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at London County Hall