Christie comes to County Hall

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THIS au­tumn, the mag­nif­i­cent cham­ber at County Hall, London SE1, will host a ground­break­ing pro­duc­tion of Agatha Christie’s Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion, the au­thor’s favourite of her works. The play, which fo­cuses on a mur­der trial and runs from Oc­to­ber 6 to March 11, 2018, rides the wave of the crime writer’s resur­gence this year, with seven new adap­ta­tions com­mis­sioned by the BBC and the re­lease of a new Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press film, star­ring Ken­neth Branagh as Poirot, in Novem­ber. It’s hoped that the South Bank court­room set­ting for Wit­ness, which is fully sup­ported by the Christie fam­ily and for which London County Coun­cil has loaned its head­quar­ters, will bring the au­di­ence into the ac­tion. It will be the first ma­jor pro­duc­tion of a play by Christie, who is the best­selling nov­el­ist of all time, out­sold only by the Bi­ble and Shake­speare, to open in the cap­i­tal since the 1960s; the last, The Mouse­trap, is still go­ing strong af­ter 65 years. Visit www.wit­ness­coun­ty­hall.com

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