ROBERT POWELL steps on to the stage to play Poirot in the first major revival of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, the only play to feature the world famous sleuth in 40 years, which runs at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, April 22 to 26.
A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.
The Agatha Christie Theatre Company is delighted that one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable actors is to star as Christie’s most famous creation in a new production of her first ever play Black Coffee.
Robert Powell has received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. Robert went on to star in numerous film hits including: The 39 Steps, Four Feathers and Shaka Zulu. His extensive stage performances include: Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, Keith Waterhouse’s Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Robert is supported by a heavy-weight cast including Liza Goddard, star of such TV hits as Bergerac and the long-running Give Us A Clue; Gary Mavers, who is best known for playing heart-throb doctor Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice; and Ben Nealon, perhaps best-loved for his role as Capt Forsythe in the ITV drama Soldier Soldier.
From the pen of the great Dame Christie – who, having sold over 4 billion books worldwide is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare – Poirot debuted in Christie’s 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, making his first (and only) stage outing in her debut play, Black Coffee.
The Belgian investigator went on to become one of world’s most cherished and long-lived fictional characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. To this day he remains the only fictitious character to receive a front-page obituary in the New York Times.
Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, said: “I am so pleased that Robert Powell has agreed to play Poirot. He will be the latest in a long line of distinguished actors to play the role, and a real treat lies in store for all those around the country who go to see the play.”
Intrigue and suspense form the back-bone of this unmissable classic spy-thriller from the queen of crime.
Tickets for Black Coffee are on sale now! You can book yours by calling the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Box Office on (01483) 44 00 00 or by visiting the website at www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Wednesday 26th March 2014