Witness for the Prosecution Tickets

London County Hall Belevedere Road, SE1 7PB
Important Info
Witness For The Prosecution By Agatha Christie Child Policy

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.


Good To Know

This is an immersive production - the actors will be in the aisles although the audience will remain seated throughout.
Performance Timings
Monday - -
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 14:30 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday 15:00 -
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***** ‘CRIMINALLY GOOD’ Daily Mail

**** ‘A palatial interior fit for the QUEEN OF CRIME’ Daily Telegraph

***** ‘The queen of cunning has been brilliantly served.’ Daily Mail

**** "It’s atmospheric. It’s an event." Times


A brand new, site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution will be staged in a a unique court room setting inside County Hall, adjacent to the London Eye on London's South Bank. Developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family, the new production is directed by Lucy Bailey and will place the audience in the centre of the action within the court room.

According to her autobiography, Witness for the Prosecution was one of Agatha Christie’s favourites of all her works, stating: ‘One night at the theatre stands out in my memory especially; the first night of Witness for the Prosecution. I can safely say that that was the only first night I have enjoyed… It was one of my plays that I like best myself.’


Witness For The Prosecution By Agatha Christie Synopsis 

Charged with the murder of Emily French, the good-natured Leonard Vole approaches Sir Wilfrid Robarts (QC) and Mr Mayhew to help him clear his name. Emily was a wealthy older lady who had taken Leonard under her wing and, after it is discovered that she left all of her money to him, doubt is cast upon the young man’s alibi. When Leonard’s wife, Romaine, agrees to testify, she does so –shockingly - as a witness for the prosecution. But, can she be trusted? What are her motivations for doing so? And, can Sir Wilfrid Robarts (QC) successively crack the case?


Witness For The Prosecution By Agatha Christie Child Policy 

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.


Good To Know

This is an immersive production - the actors will be in the aisles although the audience will remain seated throughout.

Important information

Running time
TBC
Booking Until
Sun, 1 September 2019
Cast

Witness for the Prosecution Cast

By: Agatha Christie
Producer:Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions
Director:Lucy Bailey
Lighting:Chris Davey
Sound:Mic Pool
Design:William Dudley


Cast List

Lucy Phelps plays the role of Romaine and EastEnders' Harry Reid makes his stage debut as Leonard Vole.

Richard Clothier plays Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Philip Franks (Art, Noises Off) plays Mr Myers, Julian Curry plays Mr Justice Wainwright and Peter Moreton plays Mr Mayhew. The cast also includes Richard Attlee, Elliot Balchin, Alexandra Guelff, Miranda Horn, Jon House, Jules Melvin, Hywel Simons and Alex Stedman.
Reviews

Witness for the Prosecution Critics & Reviews

TELEGRAPH SAYS ****


Agatha Christie's courtroom drama still entertains, amuses and unsettles - Witness for the Prosecution, County Hall, review


Agatha Christie is back in London. Of course, technically she has never been away. The Mousetrap continues to snare ’em, and slay ’em, at St Martin’s: the world’s longest-running play hits its 65th anniversary next month, coinciding with the cinema release of Kenneth Branagh’s new Murder on the Orient Express.

But the unveiling of a plush, West End-standard revival of her courtroom thriller Witness for the Prosecution in the grand council chamber at County Hall marks the first big London production of a Christie play since 2005, when Shaftesbury Avenue played host to a revised version of And Then There Were None – the primus inter pares of the billion-selling author’s works.

Witness (1953) is relatively more straightforward than The Mousetrap (which incidentally I caught up with again recently, and can attest remains, in remarkably tip-top form – no, really). The bulk of the action takes place not in a remote, snow-bound boarding-house but in the heart of town, at the Old Bailey – where meek, mild, nervy and shifty Leonard Vole stands accused of killing a wealthy elderly woman whom he casually befriended, his only alibi his German wife Romaine, who viciously turns the tables when called to the witness stand by the prosecution.

It’s hard to think of a more suitable setting (in a nice twist, the director is one Lucy Bailey, to the manor nominally born you might say). We’re treated to a palatial interior fit for the queen of crime – old-world Twenties opulence from the minute we walk in, sweep up the stairs and take our pew amid imposing rows of leather seating. And as we bear down on proceedings just as a replica of the Old Bailey’s statue of justice does, it feels as though we too are enlisted in arriving at a verdict (though for a fee, you can book to sit in the “jury box”, with drinks thrown in).

Where once Ken Livingstone and fellow GLC-ers jaw-jawed (the chamber is so mustily atmospheric, we’re literally inhaling history) we can now chew over the evidence and confront a nightmare which – despite the abolition of capital punishment (a factor that raises the stakes in the play) – stalks us all. It’s a nightmare that’s nicely stoked here with flourishes of intimidating officialdom: stern bobbies standing guard, echoing voices summoning the witnesses, guillotine-sharp lighting cues. And it is: what if we were accused of a crime but had little concrete means of proving our innocence?

Although derided as the last-word in fuddy-duddyness, Christie retains after all these years a capacity to entertain, amuse and, crucially, unsettle. Much as The Mousetrap’s puzzle is a psychological one, playing on prejudices, teasing us with thoughts that no one is entirely knowable, so Witness blasts cosy assumptions about whether we can trust those closest to us. Jack McMullen and Catherine Steadman as the principals keep us guessing right up to the notorious slipknot ending – familiar (but not overly so) thanks to the 1957 Billy Wilder film starring Marlene Dietrich and recent BBC adaptation. There’s some splendidly fierce cross-examination along the way from Philip Franks and David Yelland, both seeming to have spent their lives greying in chambers.

Christie pronounced herself delighted with the inaugural production (derived from a 1925 short-story): she was mobbed on the opening night in 1953 by well-wishers, who “patted me on the back, and encouraged me – ‘Best you’ve written, dearie!’ ” she recalled in her memoir. In fact, it’s not, if one weighs all the evidence, the perfect murder-mystery – but thanks to fiendishly canny producing, the place as much as the melodramatic play’s the thing. Though I imagine some would wish me hanged for crimes of incorrect language, I’d suggest that the old girl has dunnit again.


By: Dominic Cavendish

Ref Link : Telegraph
Venue Info

London County Hall

Belevedere Road, SE1 7PB

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London County Hall

Address:  Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB


Designed by architect Ralph Knott, County Hall was officially opened by King George V and Queen Mary on 17 July 1922 after construction began prior to the First World War in 1911.
For 64 years, County Hall served as the headquarters of local government for London, initially the London County Council and later the Greater London Council.
The octagonal Council Chamber sits at the centre of County Hall, and provided seating for over 200 council members and four galleries overlooking the Chamber for the public and members of the press.

London County Hall is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames beside the London Eye and the Westminster Bridge, and opposite the Houses of Parliament. The entrance of Witness for the Prosecution is located on Belvedere Road.

The official postal address is London County Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 7PB


Directions

Underground & National Rail

Witness for the Prosecution is located within easy walking distance from several London Underground stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. Waterloo is the closest tube station and is about five minutes walking distance. Visitors can reach County Hall by using the District, Circle, Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines. 

Nearest Main line station: Waterloo (with main line rail links to South West London)

From Waterloo station follow exit signs towards Southbank/County Hall attractions and then follow signs to York Road and walk a few minutes along the road and County Hall will be on your left.

Bus

Bus routes to County Hall include the no. 211, 77 and 381. 


Driving

Driving to Witness for the Prosecution may be challenging due to our central London location. Usually it is quicker and easier to take public transport to reach us. If you do need to drive, there are three car parks within walking distance located around the South Bank area. Please note that we are within the Congestion Charge Zone.


Walking

Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, we are within reasonable walking distance of a number of iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the Southbank Centre and Westminster. 


Facilities At London County Hall 

Seat plan: London County Hall Seat Plan
Facilities: Bar
Disabled toilets
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Nearest tube: Waterloo or Westminster
Tube lines: Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, District & Circle
Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: South Bank - nearest train/tube: Waterloo
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