Robert Powell takes lead role as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

mpmc Black Coffee Mk Theatre
mpmc Black Coffee Mk Theatre

Quintessential English entertainment is on offer at MK Theatre from tonight, Monday, April 28, thanks to The Agatha Christie Theatre Company.

Milton Keynes Theatre welcomes a new production of ‘Black Coffee’ – the first ever piece crime novelist Agatha Christie wrote for the stage.

Produced initially in 1930, Black Coffee introduces us to the inimitable detective Hercule Poirot as he finds himself entwined in the intricacies of his very first case.

Black Coffee blends all the necessary ingredients required for a rich and intense whodunnit.

The narrative begins as an archetypal country estate is suddenly thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory.

Arriving at the estate just moments later, the mysterious Poirot immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery and deception amid the estate’s occupants.

In true super sleuth style he sets to work to decipher the clues and solve this curious case.

From his debut in ‘Black Coffee’, Poirot went on to become one of the world’s most cherished fictional characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

The diminutive Belgian investigator is one of the most famous detectives of all time and the only fictional character to ever receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times.

His legend has proved ripe for adaptations on television, radio and on screen so finding a suitable Poirot had to be a crucial element of staging this latest reincarnation.

Fortunately for fans, one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable actors, Robert Powell, will star as the moustached hero. Robert is supported by a cast including Agatha Christie Company regulars Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Give Us A Clue), Gary Mavers (Peak Practice) and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier).

Get ready for intrigue and suspense with Black Coffee which runs at Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday until Saturday, May 3.To book call 0844 871 7652 or visit