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Site-specific Agatha Christie play to be staged in London County Hall

Agatha Christie's great grandson James Prichard, her grandson Matthew Prichard and director Lucy Bailey. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Agatha Christie's great grandson James Prichard, her grandson Matthew Prichard and director Lucy Bailey. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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A site-specific version of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution will run in London later this year.

It is the first major London production of a Christie play to open in several decades.

Witness for the Prosecution will be staged in the chamber of County Hall on the South Bank, providing a courtroom setting for the thriller.

It will run from October 6 to March 11, 2018, with press night on October 23, and is being brought to the stage by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions.

Directed by Lucy Bailey, the production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Mic Pool.

The new production has been developed with the support of the Christie family and comes as a wave of new Christie adaptations on stage and screen are being created.

The BBC has commissioned seven new adaptations for television, while a feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express – directed by Kenneth Branagh – will be released in November.

James Prichard, executive chair of Agatha Christie Ltd and Christie's great grandson said: "The amazing setting of County Hall will help raise the production to great heights, and with Lucy Bailey directing it will be a must-see theatre event. This show will help demonstrate that Christie’s works are as relevant today as they have ever been, and 21st century London is in for a treat.”

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