Not every Agatha Christie masterpiece needs the frail lady in the hat or the man with the pencil-thin moustache present to make for a gripping engagement, and Witness for the Prosecution proves the point perfectly.
In this production – being staged this week by the Etc Theatre Company – Queen’s Counsel Sir Wilfred Robarts is at the centre of the action in a 1952 court room, and a young man’s life hangs in the balance.
Take your position in the public gallery and watch as hapless Leonard Vole stands accused of the grisly murder of a rich spinster.
There is compelling evidence against him, but Sir Wilfred takes what appears to be a hopeless case and you will be witness to many twists and turns before the verdict is presented.
“We’ve just marked the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie in 1890 and there have been many fitting tributes including some new TV adaptations of her work.
Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time and we’re thrilled to have the hotly contested rights to stage this particular play, thought by many to be the jewel in the crown,” said Shirley Jones, director of next week’s production.
Witness for the Prosecution is bring presented at Stantonbury Campus Theatre with performances nightly from Wednesday (April 13) to Saturday at 7.30pm.
Is Leonard guilty? Book your seat for the big reveal.
Tickets cost £14 and £12 in advance (more on the doors) and you get them by visiting www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk