Scandalous affairs in courtroom drama

November 22, 2019

Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama, ‘Witness for the prosecution’ has extended its successful run at County Hall in London.  The council chamber is an exquisite setting for the tense and brutal trial of Leonard Vole accused of killing an old lady for her money.  I found it totally realistic, even the jury of general public are sworn in by the stenographer and must stand for the entrance of the judge.  The sense of occasion and formality thrust you into a thrilling ride to discover the truth of this classic murder mystery.

It is an exciting and engaging experience where life and death hang in the balance.  We must judge the accused and after the opening image of Leonard Vole hanged, we experience the anxiety of the witness’ testimony as they try to sway us one way or the other.  The defence lawyer, Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Simon Dutton) forcefully asks all the right questions but is more concerned about his reputation than the truth.  He argues Leonard’s defence brilliantly but there is just enough worry that Leonard is taking us all for a ride. Leonard’s soft west country lilt and his naive, boyish good looks press his innocence, as does his passionate love for his wife Romaine.  She is a foreigner in England, so can we trust a foreigner who might lie when her back is against the wall?  But that is the crux of it, who can you trust?

I sat in the second row of the chamber and found it a captivating experience and as the action moved towards the jury’s decision the passion and desperation had me on the edge of my seat.

If you have chance to go and see the show, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.  If you can’t make London then join us on one of our murder mystery nights in the near future and you can decide who is guilty and who is innocent.  But will you be right?