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Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’: Review

Hello, Hello!

Welcome back everyone to another post. Today I shall be reviewing something different, and that something is the play ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ which is currently running at London County Hall.

For those of you who arent in the know about this play or story, Witness for the Prosecution was written by the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie in 1925 and was originally called ‘Traitors Hands’. The story was renamed in 1933, when it was published in a collection of stories called ‘The Hound of Death’ and to this day you can still only read it in a collection due to the length of the story.

The story revolves around a young man called Leonard Vole who is arrested for the murder of an older woman called Emily French. Emily and Leonard first met when she was crossing the street in London and dropped her parcels, obviously he helped her pick them up and in thanks Emily invited him back to her home. It was then revealed to Leonard that Emily was an extremely wealthy, and unmarried woman, and from there their her relationship deepens over time with multiple visits. We are initially led to believe their relationship is purely platonic, ‘like an aunt and nephew’ although throughout the story this is challenged.

In reality, Leonard is actually ‘married’ to German-born Romain Vole who he met when he helped her escape Germany in the war. Leonard originally comes across and infatuated with Romaine, despite her cool and distant exterior and the story really unfolds when she betrays him in court and admits to his guilt.

Now, I dont want to spoil or go into too much more of the plot as I am #sworntosecrecy, so if you find yours interested in this plotline then I would 100% recommend going to see the play, reading the story and then watching the recent 2017 tv serial of it.

The fact that the play takes place in an actual court room, made it so much more believable and atmospheric. The judge, prosecution, defendant and all the witnesses were actually sat where they would be in a real life scenario, and you were so fully immersed within the experience it was pretty hard to believe you weren’t watching a real court case unfold.

If you love crime novels, especially Agatha Christie’s work, then I cannot recommend enough that you go and see this play. The tickets (if you can get them early) go for pretty cheap, and even though where we were sat the view was a little obscured, it didnt take anything away for the experience.

So, go, go, go! and if you do, or have already seen or read the story, please let me know what you thought of it (but no spoilers please in case someone who hasn’t is reading! ) *A trailer for the show is down below*

Entrance to the County Hall, Pretty impressive as far as theatre venues go right?
How proper does the entrance look? Its so official and courtly, your immersed almost immediately that you enter the building
The Programme. It was only £4, I was so impressed you could get another 1 or two of these for the price of just one in other west-end productions!
Part of the view from our area, we had a really good view of the centre stage but the judges seats were a push to see fully 🙁 Luckily it didnt take anything away from the experience, it just crooked the ol’ neck a little ha!
I took this picture quite a while ago using the noire insta-filter… But it wasn’t until I got home that I realised how similar it was to the poster of the production. So, I decided to put them side by side and embrace my inner Romaine Vole!

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