Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.
Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high – will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose
Simon Dutton is playing the part of the defence barrister, Sir Wilfrid Robarts.
Q&A with Simon Dutton
Q: What attracted you to be a part of Witness for the Prosecution?
Simon: Well, principally I have to say because I’ve worked with Lucy Bailey before!
Q: Had you seen the production, or do you try to avoid anything where you might be cast?
Simon: I hadn’t seen it but only really because I couldn’t make it!
Q: You have taken over from Jasper Britton in the role of Sir Wilfrid Robarts. In what way have you taken your character in a different direction?
Simon: I admire Jasper very much but I think we are very different actors, so inevitably there will be differences in our portrayals of Sir Wilfrid.
Q: What can you tell us about Sir Wilfrid?
Simon: He is a crusader of truth and justice and a huge believer in himself!
Q: What are your thoughts on performing inside the atmospheric County Hall and with the audience ‘up-close’?
Simon: It’s all very exciting and very ‘focus making’. You have to be totally on your game when the audience are sitting all around you, and sometimes right next to you!
Q: A sound bite for theatregoers to see Witness for the Prosecution…
Simon: You will never experience the thrill of a murder trial more than this… unless that is…
Simon Dutton is most well-known for playing the internationally recognised character Simon Templar in ITV’s series of films The Saint, but is also familiar to British audiences as series regular Guy in Lee Mack’s Not Going Out. More recently he appeared on screen in ITV’s Endeavour, The Wachowskis’ film Jupiter Ascending, Suite Française and Walking with the Enemy. On stage, Simon is currently appearing in the UK Tour of Rough Crossing (until April), and has previously worked with Director Lucy Bailey in her lauded production of Kenny Morgan (after Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea) at the Arcola Theatre.
Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution is at London County Hall with performances on Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, and Thursday & Saturday: 2.30pm and Sunday: 3pm. The Running Time is 1 hour 55 minutes (Including interval).
London County Hall, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB