When Witness for the Prosecution premiered in 1953, it was one of Agatha Christie's proudest moments. Originally a short story, she had been convinced to turn it into a play set in a courtroom - an element that only played a small part in her initial story. This new production of her play focuses on that courtroom element, transforming London County Hall into the historic Old Bailey.And it steps up to the job. The set truly immerses you in the setting, with the bench and witness box at one end...
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See Agatha Christie’s timeless Witness for the Prosecution in a site-specific courtroom setting inside London County Hall. Witness for the Prosecution tickets are available on London Theatre now.
Agatha Christie wrote Witness for the Prosecution in 1925. The original story was published in Flynn’s, a weekly detective magazine circulated in early 20th-century Britain.
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.” We'd like to think that the Witness for the Prosecution West End production would be loved by Christie too.
It’s even more impressive that Witness for the Prosecution performances occur in a real court. London County Hall opened on 17 Jul. 1922, and served as the headquarters of local government for London for 64 years. When you’re watching the show, you’ll see the octagonal Council Chamber at the centre of County Hall — it once provided seating for over 200 council members and four galleries overlooking the Chamber for the public and members of the press. It’s the ideal immersive setting for an Agatha Christie courtroom drama.
What is Witness for the Prosecution about?
Christie’s court classic sees Leonard Vole called to the stand after a murder. When his wife agrees to testify, can she be trusted? It’s up to you, the audience as the jury, to decide whether Vole will walk free or spend the rest of his life in shackles.
Developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family, Lucy Bailey directs the new production to place audiences in the centre of the action within the courtroom.
Tickets to Witness for the Prosecution are available now. Book your Witness for the Prosecution tickets on London Theatre today.
Cast and creative
By: Agatha Christie
Director: Lucy Bailey
Cast list: Harry Giubileo, Madeleine Walker, Nick Sampson, Terence Wilton, Jo Stone-Fewings, Crispin Redman, Bradley Adams, Nick Morrison Baker, Theo Holt-Bailey, Dafydd Gwyn Howells, Ben Jacobson, Caitlin Kaur, Don Klass, Godiva Marshall, Phoebe Newlan, Jo Servi, David Shelley, Tracey Wilkinson
Lighting: Chris Davey
Sound: Mic Pool
Design: William Dudley
Latest Witness for the Prosecution News & Features
Agatha Christie's Olivier award-winning courtroom murder mystery has extended its run at the historic London County Hall through to 29 September 2024.