This week Nick and I attended a performance of Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution at The London County Hall. I love Agatha Christie murder mysteries – we loved The Mousetrap – and this one doesn’t disappoint. Witness For The Prosecution is a courtroom drama which I found really interesting given my legal background. Now in its sixth year at the venue, it is set in The Chamber at London County Hall – you couldn’t ask for a better setting.
Witness For The Prosecution County Hall Review
Witness For The Prosecution is based on one of Agatha Christies 1925 short stories (‘Traitor Hands’) and adapted for the theatre. The main protagonist, Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy widowed older woman. Will Vole survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
The case against him looks overwhelming. Having become a friend of the rich old lady, the victim, he inherited her money and was seen with blood on his clothes on the night she was found murdered. Even his wife refuses to support his alibi, turning against him.
The courtroom setting of The Chamber gives the play a truly immersive feeling – it’s even possible to book seats in the Jury section. The cast really does a great job with their characters, Romaine the straight-talking wife of Vole played by Naomi Sheldon is a great character. I must emphasise though that it is the venue and how it is used for this play that really makes it the true star of the show. Check my Instagram Highlight to see footage of the venue.
Overall, this play was amazing! If you like a good murder mystery, then this is the show for you!
Who is in Witness for the Prosecution?
ROSANNA ADAMS – Greta / Miss Clegg
LORRAINE AMAKO – Stenographer
JUSTIN AVOTH – Mr Myers Q.C
DANIEL BRAVO – Judge’s Clerk
DUGALD BRUCE-LOCKHART – Sir Wilfrid Robarts Q.C
JONATHAN COOTE – Mr Mayhew
NICHOLAS DAY – Mr Justice Wainwright
MYLES DEVONTÉ – Court Officer 1 / Randall
GREG FITCH – Solicitor
KEVIN N GOLDING – Wyatt / Carter
LAWRENCE HAYNES – Court Officer 2
ISABELLA KIBBLE – The Woman
PAUL MCEWAN – Inspector Hearne
HARRY REID – Leonard Vole
SIMON RHODES – Warder
TOM SYMS – Clerk of the Court
NAOMI SHELDON – Romaine Vole
LUCY TREGEAR – Janet Mackenzie
You can see a current full Witness For The Prosecution cast list as well as the Creative Team at Witness County Hall website.
How to get to Witness for the Prosecution County Hall?
We travelled to the London County Hall by tube, walking across the river from Westminster. The view of the House of Parliament and London Eye was great to take in ahead of the show. It’s also easily walkable from Waterloo station and we actually went home via that station.
How long is Witness for the Prosecution County Hall?
2 hours and 15 mins, including a 20-minute interval.
Witness For The Prosecution Booking / Tickets
Current Performance Times: TUE – SAT 7.30 PM, THU & SAT 2.30 PM, SUN 3 PM (NOTE: Christmas performances may vary). Further information on Tickets and Booking Information for Witness for the Prosecution is on the Witness County Hall website.
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If you have any other questions, there is a very good FAQ section on the Witness County Hall site.
See You In Court!
Do you like a good murder mystery?
*Disclosure: we were invited to attend this show in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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