London County Hall

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB GB

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

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4.7/5 - based on 136 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 25 September 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
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About Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 25 September 2022
  • 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 - 19:30

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.

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.

There is no cloakroom at this venue; bags that do not fit comfortably under a single seat will not be permitted.

Next Performances for Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at London County Hall

tomorrow29th Jun 2022 7:30pm
Thursday30th Jun 2022 2:30pm
Thursday30th Jun 2022 7:30pm
Friday 1st Jul 2022 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd Jul 2022 2:30pm
Saturday 2nd Jul 2022 7:30pm

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Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 136 reviews

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Hoi Man
Suspense is what I got

Reviewed on 15 June 2022 by , Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Very realist courtroom drama

Gripping story and well performed in a life like stage

Reviewed on 11 June 2022 by , Coleraine, United Kingdom

A good thriller

I enjoyed the show adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel. Full of suspense and never expected the outcome at the conclusion.

Reviewed on 14 May 2022 by , Oxted, United Kingdom

Agatha Christie at her best with a final twist you won't see coming

Great acting in a fabulous setting, where you feel like you're part of the action. And if you're chosen as one of the jury, then you ARE part of it.

Reviewed on 13 May 2022 by , Brisbane, Australia

Wonderful acting, great court ambience

It felt so real sitting in the court next to the defense attorney. The actırs were all so talented. Qonderful experience

Reviewed on 12 May 2022 by , Warsaw, Poland


Reviewed on 24 April 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


A splendid way to be spend a Saturday afternoon

Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Dramatic and absorbing

Reviewed on 17 December 2021 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Excellent show!!!

A fantastic show with amazing acting. We absolutely loved this theater and show. Would highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 28 November 2021 by , Böblingen, Germany


Amazing performance. Excellent seats. Got goosebumps at the end a fantastic play, highly recommended not just for Agatha Christie fans. The cast brought the whole court scene to life brilliant!!!!

Reviewed on 04 November 2021 by , Listowel, Ireland


The show was captivating from beginning to end. The actors were magnificent. I thoroughly enjoyed the play and would definitely recommend going to see it.

Reviewed on 30 October 2021 by , Montrose, United Kingdom

Nice play

Reviewed on 26 September 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

A good play with many twists and turns

Reviewed on 19 September 2021 by , Lewes, United Kingdom

Entertaining show!

Great performance. Enjoyed the show, talented cast! Would recommend

Reviewed on 18 September 2021 by , Bristol, United Kingdom

A must see

Brilliant show and an amazing set. Well done everyone

Reviewed on 11 March 2020 by , Wivenhoe, United Kingdom


Excellent all round experience. Keeps you guessing right to the end.

Reviewed on 07 March 2020 by , Leyland, United Kingdom

So good!

Reviewed on 03 March 2020 by , Hamburg, United States Of America


Reviewed on 03 March 2020 by , Hamburg, United States Of America


The show was captivating,sometimes funny,A must see. kept you thinking and on the edge of your seat.Makes a great focal talking point.

Reviewed on 01 March 2020 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Feel the thrill of being part of a real court room drama !

Superb ! Inside London's County Hall lies a time capsule theatre. The building evokes the splendour and grandeur of the 1920's and 1930's. It provides the perfect backdrop and prelude to a wonderfully acted court room drama. A totally immersing experience, with a wonderful twist ! You'll be guessing all the way through !Highly recommended !

Reviewed on 29 February 2020 by , Basingstoke, United Kingdom


Very clever. Great venue and performances.

Reviewed on 25 February 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

evocative and gripping

A very exciting and interesting production. Perfect for the courtroom.

Reviewed on 20 February 2020 by , Bristol, United Kingdom

A Captivating Experience

I don’t think any play will ever be better in my eyes than The Mousetrap, but this is definitely one of the best and unique theatre experiences I’ve ever had. The actors were all effortlessly on point, and the story was carried with great respect worthy of an Agatha Christie work. There’s a sense of graveness from the opening scene. It isn’t right to compare it with the more famous Mousetrap because they are two different kinds of experience, I enjoyed both for different reasons, but you still have to keep the secret of the ending!

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by , Kilsyth, United Kingdom

Great play! A must watch!

Great show but if you're sitting upstairs it's a bit tough to understand the dialogues especially if the actors are facing the other way - would have see it if only a place was available on the same level as the stage if I had known. So book the right seats to enjoy the play better! Well acted and full of suspense if you haven't read the book!

Reviewed on 09 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Perfect entertainment if you like murder mystery plots

Suspence and twists all along Highly entertaining Kept us talking for hours afterwards

Reviewed on 30 December 2019 by , St Albans, United Kingdom

Great whodunnit

Great performance everyone was sat on edge of seat until the end! Great the jury is members of the public so ending could be different on different nights

Reviewed on 19 November 2019 by , Yeovil, United Kingdom

very enjoable and surprizing

Reviewed on 18 November 2019 by , Amikam, Israel


Brilliant, very convincing actors, superb setting

Reviewed on 14 November 2019 by , Folkestone, United Kingdom

Great story, well acted (with twists!)

Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by , East Molesey, United Kingdom

great atmosphere with court room theme

cast were brillant and we enjoyed the perfromance

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Ashford Kent, United Kingdom

Must see

Would have been helpful if we had known that the stalls had a limited view. Otherwise we enjoyed it very much.

Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by , Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 09 October 2019 by , Beckenham, United Kingdom

Poor venue acoustics

I am slightly hearing impaired, however even someone with canine hearing would trouble following the dialog of this production. If the cast was all miked, the tech staff are at fault. If not, most of the primary cast should improve their voice projection and enunciation.

Reviewed on 25 September 2019 by , Palm City, United States Of America


Excellent show ; thoroughly enjoyable . Great cast . The venue of County Hall was perfect .

Reviewed on 21 September 2019 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Great show, a must watch

Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by , Devon Park, Australia

Courtroom drama!

A perfect setting for this excellent courtroom drama, which could be a genuine re-enactment!

Reviewed on 14 September 2019 by , Southampton, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by , Finchampstead, United Kingdom

A realistic trial on stage

Didn’t think an Agatha Christie whodunnit could be brought to the stage. I was wrong. Brilliant production for our entire party ranging in age from 76 years to 14. Go see it you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed on 03 September 2019 by , Camberley, United Kingdom


The actor charged with murder was a bit wooden initially but warmed up. Barristers and femme fatale were the stars of the show.

Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Creative- a must see

Wonderful and creative show. The direction was excellent and kept a court room drama exciting and gripping. The acting, costumes and lighting were wonderful and it was performed in an ideal setting, which made you feel like you were in a courtroom yourself.

Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by , Putney, United Kingdom


Two criticisms: i) The "hubbub" sound effects were good, as they ended when the acting began, but other sound effects and music were imposed on top of the acting. The idea was to contribute to the atmosphere, but the result was very distracting. ii) The African actors/extras were out of place, and "took me out" of the scene and period. If the play was about Zulus, it would be a joke to use English or Japanese actors. Using black people to play white people is just as tedious!

Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by , Ash Vale, United Kingdom

Hugely atmospheric

Great venue for a murder mystery that relied on the twists and turns of the legal system for a resolution.

Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

top show

Reviewed on 30 July 2019 by , Dudley, Australia


Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by , Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Just Brilliant

Hi one suggestion, I had taken pretty expensive seats, that is the forst seat A4, but honestly the view/experience from that seat wasn't good. Please either not assign these seata to anymore or charge way less for them

Reviewed on 12 July 2019 by , Pandara Road, India

True drama

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

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by , Moscow, Russian Federation

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

Classic Agatha Christie in a fabulous interpretation

Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by , Warszawa, Poland


Good plot two unexpected twists enjoyable evening

Reviewed on 03 June 2019 by , Tempe, Australia

Excellent plot and interesting play

Excellent acting by the Lawyer for Defence

Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore


Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

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


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

A must see

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

Great play, great venue, great entertainment

Reviewed on 12 April 2019 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

Amazing Acting!

Reviewed on 04 April 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

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

Excellent production

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

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


Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by , Crewe, United Kingdom


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


Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Excellent acting

Reviewed on 20 February 2019 by , Fuerth, Germany

A fabulous production.

Great 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

Brilliant. An enthralling performance. Must see.

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

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

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

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


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


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

Don't miss this wonderful show!

Fantastic script, wonderful acting, amazing location.

Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by , Mold, United Kingdom


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


Full of Suspense and twists

Reviewed on 12 November 2018 by , Johannesburg, South Africa


Reviewed on 08 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom


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


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

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

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

Europe 2028

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

Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by , Rosebud, Australia

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

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

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

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

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

Good Show

Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by , Reading, United Kingdom

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


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

Reviewed on 09 May 2018 by , Coolangatta, Australia

Fantastic show!

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

Reviewed on 21 April 2018 by , Brampton, United Kingdom

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


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

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


Reviewed on 15 January 2018 by , Earlysville, United States

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

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

Excellent Drama at excellent venue

Reviewed on 04 January 2018 by , Northwood, United Kingdom

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

Superb evening of entertainment

Reviewed on 03 December 2017 by , Battle, United Kingdom

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

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

03 May
Miriam Gibson

Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at London County Hall

by Miriam Gibson | Tuesday, May 3 2022, 23:40

Got friends or relatives visiting you in London? Perhaps you’re on holiday here yourself? I highly recommend Witness For The Prosecution for visitors to London.

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Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at London County Hall
16 May
Stuart King


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.

11 Apr
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