Image: Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall. Photo: Sheila Burnett
Agatha Christie’s famous courtroom drama delays its reopening due to uncertainty around a return to full capacity in theatres
By Paul Johnson
The reopening of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall has been delayed until 14 September 2021. The production was due to reopen on 3 August.
Producers of the popular and perfectly staged production, Eleanor Lloyd and Rebecca Stafford, told Sardines: “We are absolutely gutted that we have to delay the re-opening of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall until 14 September.
Unfortunately, the combined effects of continued uncertainty around a return to full capacity in theatres, no provision of cancellation insurance, and the delayed delivery of our promised Cultural Recovery Fund grant are such that we cannot afford to proceed with the rehearsals as planned. We have not taken this decision lightly. It leaves fifty-one people waiting to resume their jobs. For us as producers the cost of remaining closed is significant and will increase as furlough and business rates relief are reduced from July (the end of the various support schemes were not extended in line with the government’s four-week delay to the easing of restrictions from 21 June to 19 July).
We are sorry for our wonderful and loyal audience who stood ready to support our return in August. We urge you, please re-book into the new dates from 14th September and come and celebrate with us as soon as we are able to declare ‘THE COURT IS NOW (RE)OPEN’.”
In Agatha Christie’s savagely twisting and timeless drama, Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
The twists and turns of the case are played out in a spectacular courtroom setting inside the iconic London County Hall as prosecution battles defence and witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. The production received Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards.
Witness for the Prosecution is booking through to 20 March 2022. Tickets are on sale by visiting: www.witnesscountyhall.com.
Alternatively, call: 0844 815 7141. Currently booking from 14 Sep 2021 to 20 Mar 2022.