Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie Tickets
London County Hall
Booking until: Sunday, 31 March 2019
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Parental guidance. Babes in arms are not permitted.
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.
Friday, 6 October 2017
Sunday, 31 March 2019
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.
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
What to expect:Acting:
based on 19 reviews
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
Carol London Box Office customer
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.
Mario London Box Office customer
Chris London Box Office customer
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.
Keith London Box Office customer
loved the show. the acting was superb. definitely one to recommend . storyline great
Mark London Box Office customer
Loved this play! The characters were so believable in looks and demeanour,
Lynne London Box Office customer
A great play with very talented cast. Interesting theatre. Had a great evening.
Robin London Box Office customer
My experience of the show was ruined by the obstructed view from the gallery.
duncan London Box Office customer
Gabriel London Box Office customer
Excellent play, fantastic setting County Hall was ideal as it had a real courtroom and added to the atmosphere.
Moira 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.
Penelope London Box Office customer
Excellent Drama at excellent venue
Anna London Box Office customer
Fantastic setting, brilliant plot, great script
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a good show in this great setti g
donagh London Box Office customer
Superb evening of entertainment
Syed London Box Office customer
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.
Alban London Box Office customer
Excellent all round show. Brilliantly performed and setting in court great. Lovely building for the show to take place.
Patricia London Box Office customer
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