Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high – will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
If there’s one thing we know from Mouse Trap’s impressive 66 year West End run it’s that audiences love Agatha Christie! Witness for the Prosecution hopes to capture this magic by performing one of Christie’s other popular plays within the truly unique setting of the County Hall.
There couldn’t be a better location for this courtroom drama then this, as soon as you step into the room you feel like you are in a real life courtroom, in fact there are even journey tickets if you really want to be part of the action. A note on the seats, they are the most comfy and spacious i’ve ever been in! Maybe more theatre performances should take place in a courtroom… Not only does it visually represent the court room perfectly but the booming echo of the voices takes the audience really into the scene. This is furthered by the use of the original in-seat speakers to add otherworldly, background sounds, really bringing the stories of the various witnesses to life. It’s a unique, subtle effect that is used really well.
Of course I can’t give away much about the plot, but Jasper Britton as the lawyer Sir Wilford Roberts brings a real energy into every scene as the story unfolds and Joanna Brooks plays a great part as the housekeeper Janet Mackenzie.
The emphasis here is on Christie’s clever storytelling, and it’s presentation allows the whole audience to act like jourer’s trying to find out who is lying, who is telling the truth and of course, who did it! It would be a great show for groups of friends, as you can try to figure out who the killer is between you and see who picks up on which clues! It’s an enjoyable enthralling story that is sure to be a the with audiences in the current true crime trend.
Witness for the Prosecution is on at County Hall and is currently booking until March 2020, tickets start from £11.75 from the London Box Office website.
Tickets were complmentry in exchange for review, all words and opinions are my own.