Rare stage murder mystery for Poirot

Bill Kenwright production of'BLACK COFFEE'by Agatha Christie'directed by Joe Harmston
Bill Kenwright production of'BLACK COFFEE'by Agatha Christie'directed by Joe Harmston

Join the most famous detective of all time at the Devonshire Park Theatre from March 10-15, as Agatha Christie’s Poirot, played by much-loved actor Robert Powell, solves his only ever stage murder mystery in Black Coffee.

A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula.

Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.

In this first play ever written by Dame Christie we are introduced to Hercule Poirot, the Belgian investigator that went on to become one of world’s most cherished and long-lived fictional characters.

Poirot was never to take to the stage again, instead appearing in a phenomenal 33 novels and more than 50 short stories.

To this day he remains the only fictitious character to receive a front-page obituary in the New York Times.

Multiple award winner and BAFTA nominee, Robert Powell (Mark Williams, in Holby City, BBC TV Comedy The Detectives) is joined by a heavy-weight cast including Agatha Christie Company regulars Liza Goddard (Bergerac and Give Us A Clue), Gary Mavers (Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice) and Ben Nealon (Capt Forsythe in Soldier Soldier).

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, said, “I am so pleased that Robert Powell has agreed to play Poirot in the Agatha Christie Theatre Co’s production of Black Coffee.

“His appearance will be the icing on the cake of a real treat that lies in store in 2014 for all those around the country who go to see the play.”