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Robert Powell to star as Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee tour

Robert Powell in Singin' in the Rain. Photo: Alastair Muir
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Robert Powell is to star as Hercule Poirot in a touring production of Agatha Christie’s play Black Coffee.

The production will open at the Theatre Royal in Windsor on Jan 7 and continue until May 10, where it ends its run at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

Black Coffee – Christie’s first play – will also feature Liza Goddard, Gary Mavers and Ben Nealon.

Matthew Prichard, 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 Company’s production of Black Coffee. He will be the latest in a long line of distinguished actors to play the role, and a real treat lies in store in 2014 for all those around the country who go to see the play.”

Poirot has long been associated with David Suchet, who played the detective in the ITV series for 25 years.

Suchet had previously hinted that he was considering playing the detective on stage, but in October he ruled this out, admitting it would be too tiring.

Black Coffee is directed by Joe Harmston, and has design by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Douglas Kuhrt, sound by Matthew Bugg and costume by Nikki Bird.

It is produced by Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Ltd.