Witness For The Prosecution

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Based in a unique court room setting inside County Hall, Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution is a landmark production of a gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal. Read More >

Based in a unique court room setting inside London’s County Hall, Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution is a landmark production of a gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal.

With the audience thrillingly placed in the thick of the action in a spectacular location, this will be the first major London production of a play written by Agatha Christie to open since the 1960s.

Directed by Lucy Bailey (Comus, The Graduate), Witness For The Prosecution is a thrilling roller coaster of a play which opens in The Chamber, and sees audiences subject to the intensity and drama of a fiercely contested trial.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow, Emily French, to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, which sees accusations levelled from where he least expected them? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence? Can he escape the ultimate fate: the hangman’s noose?

Downton Abbey star Catherine Steadman will play Romaine. Leonard Vole is portrayed by rising star Jack McMullen, while David Yelland (The Crown, Foyle’s War) will play Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Philip Franks (Art, Noises Off) will play Mr Myers, Patrick Godfrey (Half Life, Mr Turner) will play Sir Justice Wainwright and Roger Ringrose (Broadchurch, Mr Selfridge) will be playing Mr Mayhew.

Witness For The Prosecution was originally published as a short story called Traitor Hands in 1925, before being republished as Witness For The Prosecution in the collection The Hound Of Death, released solely in the United Kingdom. It was finally published internationally in the collection The Witness For The Prosecution And Other Stories in 1948.

Having first been performed as a play in London in October 1953, this new theatrical production has been developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family. Don’t miss this landmark stage story on London’s Southbank.

See you in court.

Please note babes in arms and children under the age of 2 will not be permitted as it may cause disruption to the actors and other audience members. All children need their own ticket.

There are a limited number of VIP Jury seats available per performance. You will be sitting in the Jury Box as the case unfolds before you. Jurors will receive a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks (soft drink, beer or house wine), to be redeemed pre-show or at the interval. And remember, as a member of the Jury, you must shut out from your minds everything except what will take place during the trial.

Please see the London County Hall page for Access information.

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Age Recommendation: Parental Guidance. No babes-in-arms or children under 2. All children must have their own ticket.

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/10/2017

Opening Night: 23/10/2017

Closing Night: 16/09/2018

Running time: 2h20, inc. interval

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative


Carter/Dr Wyatt - Richard Attlee

Clerk of the Court - Elliot Balchin

Stenographer - Brig Bennett

Mr Myers Qc - Philip Franks

Mr Justice Wainwright - Patrick Godfrey

Greta/Ms Clegg - Alexandra Guelff

Girl - Miranda Horn

Warder - Jon House

Leonard Vole - Jack Mcmullen

Janet Mackenzie - Jules Melvin

Mr Mayhew - Roger Ringrose

Inspector Hearne - Hywel Simons

Policeman / Plain Clothes Detective - Alex Stedman

Romaine Vole - Catherine Steadman

Sir Wilfrid Robarts Qc - David Yelland



Director - Lucy Bailey

Producer - Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions

Designer - William Dudley

Lighting Designer - Chris Davey

Sound - Mic Pool

Author - Agatha Christie

ABOUT London County Hall

The Chamber, London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB