Witness for the Prosecution (London) London Reviews and Tickets
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining
About the Show
A revival production of Agatha Christie's intense courtroom drama.
A theatrical courtroom experience set inside the grand surroundings of London County Hall.
Leonard Vole is arrested and accused of murdering Emily French, a wealthy widow. Suspicion arises when it is revealed that Miss French named Leonard as her primary heir. Leonard's wife agrees to provide her testimony but in a surprise twist, she does not testify in Leonard's defence but as a witness for the prosecution.
Acclaimed playwright Agatha Christie ('The Mousetrap') is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Directed by Lucy Bailey ('Titus Andronicus').
Director Lucy Bailey wrings every possibility from the uniquely atmospheric space. She does, however, sometimes overplay her hand, adding starkly obvious, sudden shifts ... to underline ’significant moments’. This juicy Witness looks set to be giving evidence for a long time.
The debating chamber of the old Greater London Council ... lends a genuine touch of majesty to proceedings ... One acid glance from [barrister, Mr Myers] would be enough to make most witnesses crumple.
The climax ... is action-packed but left me rather cold. It feels like an almost pantomimic finale to what is until then a slow-burning thriller ... for all this one's beauty, it's a pity there isn't a little more grit.