Agatha Christie’s play Witness For The Prosecution was initially tailored from her 1952 brief story, Traitor’s Arms. Opening in London in 1953 and on Broadway in 1952, the courtroom drama enthralled audiences and has since been tailored for movie and tv a number of occasions. Christie herself at all times envisaged her drama taking part in out in a site-specific manufacturing and this yr marks the fifth anniversary of the play within the magnificent environment of London County Corridor. To mark this event, a brand new forged joins to inform Christie’s story of homicide, deception, innocence and fervour in a manufacturing that has garnered vital acclaim.
Witness for the Prosecution sees Leonard Vole referred to as to the stand after he’s accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. His spouse Romaine known as to the stand, however testifies in a stunning method, talking out towards her husband. The stakes are excessive – will Leonard survive the stunning witness testimony, will he be capable to persuade the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
Lucy Bailey directs the reveals eighth forged which incorporates Harry Reid (EastEnders) as Leonard Vole, Naomi Sheldon (Peter Pan Goes Unsuitable, Good Lady, Intercourse With a Stranger) as Romaine Vole, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart (Personal Lives, The Final Temptation of Boris Johnson, Mamma Mia!) as Sir Wilfrid Robarts Q.C and Justin Avoth (My Good Good friend, Love From a Stranger, Dangerous Training) as Mr Myers Q.C. They’re joined by Rosanna Adams as Greta/Miss Clegg, Lorraine Amako as Stenographer, Daniel Bravo as Choose’s Clerk, Jonathan Coote as Mr Mayhew, Nicholas Day as Mr Justice Wainwright, Myles Devonte as Court docket Officer 1/Randall, Greg Fitch as Solicitor, Kevin M Golding as Wyatt/ Carter, Lawrence Haynes as Court docket Officer 2, Isabella Kibble as The Lady, Paul Mcewan as Inspector Hearne, Simon Rhodes as Warder, Tom Syms as Clerk of the Court docket and Lucy Tregear as Janet Mackenzie.
As Leonard Vole, Harry Reid is a tour de power ready to attract the viewers’s coronary heart strings. Simply capable of make us snigger in a single second and cry the following, Reid actually has enjoyable with Vole sinking his tooth deep into the character. As his spouse Romaine Vole, Naomi Sheldon provides a commanding efficiency. Sheldon’s portrayal of Romaine is assured and decisive giving femme fatale vibes whereas holding the viewers on the sting of their seats all through. Dugald Bruce-Lockhart provides a placing efficiency as counsel of the accused Sir Wilfrid Robarts Q.C. Essentially the most completed of the 2 attorneys, Lockhart leans into his characters lofty confidence, reassuring the viewers as they vote on Voles destiny because the make-shift jury. Because the cracks start the present within the case Crown prosecutor Mr Myers Q.C. unravels and Justin Avoth gave an entertaining efficiency of this man on the sting.
Offered in-the-round within the historic Chamber Room of London County Corridor, this Witness For The Prosecution is a real ensemble present. Typically taking part in a number of characters, the forged make scene modifications all through bringing easy furnishings to the stage to depict places whereas accompanied by music that drives the strain ahead.
The Chamber Room of London County Corridor is the right setting for Witness For The Prosecution. Traditionally wealthy and superbly designed, the Corridor focuses the viewers’s consideration to the centre level of the room naturally drawing you into the story which makes for an exhilarating efficiency.
Because the nights will get darker and the climate colder, ensure to get tickets for Witness For The Prosecution and be a part of the 1000’s of people that’ve been gripped by the case of Leonard Vole and had their imaginations captured on this Agatha Christie basic.
Evaluation by Stuart James