All rise for Witness for the Prosecution, celebrating a year of site-specific theatre in the spectacular Chamber of London’s County Hall.
On its first birthday, Lucy Bailey’s production is well placed in the race to become Agatha Christie’s longest-running play, with The Mousetrap a mere 65 years ahead at this stage.
Holly Willoughby and Jeremy Vine have been among the jurors who have answered the call to consider a verdict in the case of Leonard Vole. Other luminaries spotted attending the trial include Tess Daly, Isla Fisher, Kelly Holmes, Calvin Klein, Ian McKellen, David Suchet, George Takei and Ronnie Wood. In its first year the show has also welcomed QCs, two High Court Judges and real-life forensics and autopsy teams.
From 20 November, the production will welcome new cast members including Emma Rigby as Romaine Vole, Daniel Solbe as the accused Leonard Vole, Jasper Britton as Sir Wilfrid Robarts, William Chubb as Mr Myers QC, Christopher Ravenscroft as Mr Justice Wainwright and Ewan Stewart as Mr Mayhew.
Witness for the Prosecution this week celebrates its 1st birthday at London’s County Hall. Director Lucy Bailey (Love From A Stranger, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action in “the comfiest seats in London” (New York Times), or observing from the Press Gallery, as Agatha Christie’s gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.
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New cast members are announced today who will join the company from 20 November; Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland) will play Romaine Vole, Daniel Solbe as the accused Leonard Vole, Jasper Britton (Pack of Lies, The Libertine) as Sir Wilfrid Robarts, William Chubb (Othello, This House) as Mr Myers QC, Christopher Ravenscroft (High Society, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) as Mr Justice Wainwright and Ewan Stewart (Titanic, Let The Right One In) as Mr Mayhew. The new cast will also include Richard Banks, Chloé Booyens, Joanna Brookes, Miriam Cooper, Liam Lau Fernandez, Phoebe Marshall, Hugh Osborne, Simon Roberts, Leo Turner and Jamie Zubairi.
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 of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
Witness for the Prosecution has captured the imagination of audiences who have experienced the drama inside the unique setting of County Hall’s ornate Chamber on London’s iconic South Bank, receiving Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards.
The production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Davey and sound design by Mic Pool.
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RICHARD BANKS – SOLICITOR
Richard’s previous theatre credits include When We Are Married (Bob Hope Theatre) and Personal Effects (Stag Theatre). Television and film work includes Quacks, Top Dog and Extinction (short), for which he has been nominated for the Best Actor Award in a short film at the 2018 FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego.
CHLOÉ BOOYENS – THE WOMAN
Chloé is making her West End debut in Witness for the Prosecution.
JASPER BRITTON – SIR WILFRID ROBARTS
Jasper has most recently appeared in Pack of Lies (Menier Chocolate Factory), Jerusalem (Watermill Theatre), Scrooge, What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve) and The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath/ Theatre Royal Haymarket). Further theatre credits include Richard II, The Jew of Malta, Henry IV Part 1 and II for the RSC at Stratford, The Barbican and New York. His many other credits include Race (Hampstead Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Abbey Theatre), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield Crucible), Fabrication (The Print Room), The Last Cigarette (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios), Fram, Oedipus (National Theatre), Rhinoceros (Royal Court), The Taming Of The Shrew (RSC/ Washington D.C./ Novello Theatre), Japes (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Visit (Complicité).
Television credits include recurring roles in My Dad’s the Prime Minister and Blackbeard. Film work includes Rise of the Footsoldier Part II, Blood, Anonymous, Morris: A Life With Bells On and The New World.
JOANNA BROOKES – JANET MACKENZIE
Joanna’s theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Watford Palace), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal Plymouth/ Soho Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Birmingham Rep), The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), The Rivals, Spring and Port Wine (New Vic Stoke), The Waltz of The Toreadors (Chichester Festival Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Northcott Exeter) and Stepping Out (York Theatre Royal).
Television credits includes Coronation Street, Man Down, We The Jury, The Tunnel, Mr Selfridge, Taking The Flak, Phoneshop, Dancing on the Edge, Mrs Biggs, Bad Girls, Sir Gadabout and Titmuss Regained. Film work includes Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Criminal, In the Loop and The Infidel.
WILLIAM CHUBB - MR MYERS QC
William is currently performing in Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe. Notable previous theatre credits include This House (National Tour), Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, King Lear (Old Vic), In The Depths of Dead Love (The Print Room), Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), Waste, Great Britain, Othello, Scenes From An Execution, The History Boys (all National Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Vortex, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Gielgud Theatre), Hay Fever (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Sea (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Numerous television credits include Close To The Enemy, My Baby, Breathless, Edge Of Heaven, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Law & Order, Silk and House of Cards. Film credits include 6 Days, Adrift in Soho, Tees, Veer, Affair of the Necklace, Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War, Milk, The Woodlanders.
MIRIAM COOPER – STENOGRAPHER
Miriam’s theatre credits include Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Theatre Royal Haymarket/ UK Tour), Prostitutes Marry in May (Waterloo East Theatre), The Lover and A Slight Ache (European Arts Tour), A Galway Girl and Macbeth (UK Tour), Headcase (Belgrade Coventry), Dancing at Lughnasa (Duke’s Lancaster), The Ghost Train, Mary Stuart (Bristol Old Vic), Baggage (Nuffield Theatre), Sing the Body Electric (King’s Head Theatre), The Crucible, King Lear (Palace Theatre Westcliffe) and Playing With Fire (Young Vic).
LIAM LAU FERNANDEZ – CLERK OF THE COURT
Liam is making his West End debut in Witness for the Prosecution.
PHOEBE MARSHALL – GRETA / MS CLEGG
Phoebe is making her West End debut in Witness for the Prosecution.
HUGH OSBORNE – WARDER
Hugh’s theatre credits include Jekyll & Hyde (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Sound of Music (International Tour), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre/ UK Tour), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre), The King and I (Royal Albert Hall), The Lady in the Van (Gala Theatre, Durham and Theatre Royal Bath/ UK Tour), The Last Cigarette (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios), Afterlife (National Theatre), Footloose (Playhouse Theatre/ UK Tour), Donkeys’ Years (Comedy Theatre), And Then There Were None (Gielgud Theatre) and UK touring productions of Fracked!, To Sir With Love, Noises Off and The Sound of Music.
Hugh’s first play, Diary of a Nobody, premiered at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, in 2011. The script has been published by Nick Hern Books; and a new production, by Cambridge Arts Theatre, is planned for Autumn 2019. His stage adaptation of the hit My Little Pony spin-off movie, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, toured the Far East in 2016.
CHRISTOPHER RAVENSCROFT – MR JUSTICE WAINWRIGHT
Christopher’s theatre credits include several seasons with the RSC where he performed in productions such as Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III and the original RSC production of Nicholas Nickleby. Further extensive theatre work includes High Society (Old Vic), Storm in a Flower Vase (Arts Theatre), Summer and Smoke (Nottingham Playhouse/ Apollo Theatre), The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Taking Care of Baby, The Maths Tutor (Hampstead Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Bolton Octagon), A Doll’s House, A Portrait of a Lady (Theatre Bath Royal), Bedroom Farce, Landslide (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Talented Mr Ripley (Royal & Derngate), People at Sea, Invention of Love (Salisbury Playhouse), Jumpers, Absurd Person Singular (Birmingham Rep), As You Like It (Sheffield Crucible), The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), Educating Rita (Derby Playhouse) and Broken Glass (New Vic Stoke).
Television credits include Emmerdale, Detective Inspector Mike Burden in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Courtroom, The Hound of the Baskervilles, John Halifax Gentleman, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Levels and Twelfth Night. Film credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity, Tom & Thomas, The Football Factory and Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V.
EMMA RIGBY - ROMAINE VOLE
Emma is perhaps best known for playing the character Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks, winning the British Soap Award for Best Actress (2008). She has played recurring roles in several television series including Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Prisoner’s Wives and Becoming Human. Further television credits include Bulletproof, Endeavour, Inspector George Gently, Death in Paradise, The Job Lot, Ripper Street and Fresh Meat. Film works includes The Festival, Hollywood Dirt, Actors Anonymous (adapted from James Franco’s novel), American Violence, A Cinderella Christmas, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, Plastic, Endless Love, Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor, The Physician, Demons Never Die and the upcoming feature film A Guide to Second Date Sex.
She made her West End debut in Wolfboy at the Trafalgar Studios and earlier this year starred in the comedy Ladies’ Day at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, alongside Tony Christie.
SIMON ROBERTS – INSPECTOR HEARNE
Simon’s theatre credits include The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Untold Stories, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Flea In Her Ear (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Spencer in The Wet House (Live Theatre/ Soho Theatre), Breathing Country (UK Tour), Volpone, Hedda Gabler (Theatre Babel), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), Smoking With Lulu, Private Lives, Lady From The Sea, Man And Superman (Glasgow Citizens), Taming Of The Shrew (Manchester Royal Exchange), Present Laughter (Birmingham Rep), King Lear (Leicester Haymarket/ Young Vic/ Tokyo Globe), Amphitryon, Down And Out in Paris And London (The Gate), The Rivals (Nottingham Playhouse), As You Like It (Old Vic), Design For Living, The Cherry Orchard, Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), A Chorus Of Disapproval (Cheltenham Everyman), The Devils, The Recruiting Officer (Theatr Clwyd), The Danton Affair (RSC Barbican) and Another Country (Queen’s Theatre).
Television credits include Mr Selfridge, Breathless, Absolute Power, Ted & Ralph and Poirot: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
DANIEL SOLBE – LEONARD VOLE
Daniel graduated this year from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. His professional theatre credits include DMC and Shadow Folk (Tristan Bates Theatre), Faith & Heresy (Landor Space/ Bread & Roses Theatre) and The Laramie Project (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
EWAN STEWART – MR MAYHEW
Ewan’s theatre credits include Stitchers (Jermyn Street Theatre), Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly), The Royale, Phoenix (Bush Theatre), Let The Right One In (Royal Court), In Time of Strife, Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre Scotland), Jumpy (Royal Court/ Duke of York’s), Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance, Major Barbara, The Murderer, Racing Demon, In The Blue, As I Lay Dying, A Month in the Country, Playing with Fire, The Pillowman (all National Theatre), Road (Royal Court/ UK Tour), Lucy’s Play, The Orphans Comedy (Edinburgh Festival), A Working Woman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Live Like Pigs, Thyestes (Royal Court Upstairs), The Duchess of Malfi (Bristol Old Vic), Sisters Brothers (The Gate), Flying Bird (Royal Court) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scottish Opera).
Television credits include Pure, Vera, The Interceptor, The Escape Artist, River City, Rebus, The Time of Your Life, P.O.W, The Key, In Deep, Silent Witness, Conspiracy, Touch and Go, The Advocates series 1 and 2, Only Fools and Horses, Paradise Postponed and The Camerons. Film credits include Florence Foster Jenkins, Eliminate: Archie Cookson, Valhalla Rising, Alpha Male, Young Adam, Real Men, The Last Great Wilderness, The Big Brass Ring, Titanic, Stella Does Tricks, Rob Roy, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Resurrected, Not Quite Paradise, Flight to Berlin, Rain on the Roof and All Quiet on the Western Front.
LEO TURNER – POLICEMAN/ PLAIN CLOTHES DETECTIVE
Leo most recently played Alec Scudder in Maurice (Above The Stag). Further theatre credits include The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), Virtually Related (Park Theatre), Hours Til' Autumn (Pleasance Theatre) and Against Democracy (Arcola Theatre). Film work includes Lost in the West for Nickelodeon and feature film project Sandmen for Tenorio Ltd. Leo also starred in the award-winning web series Match Not Found for ByteSized Entertainment.
JAMIE ZUBAIRI – CARTER/ DR WYATT
Jamie most recently appeared in Parliament Square (Manchester Royal Exchange/ Bush Theatre). Further theatre credits include Why the Lion Danced (Yellow Earth), The Letter (Wyndham's Theatre), Other People’s Shoes (Barbican Plymouth), Burmese Days (Aya Theatre/ 53e53 New York), Wolf (Authentic Artist Collective, Edinburgh), A Doll’s House (Theatre Of Europe), Counted? (LookLeft LookRight/ Roundhouse/ London County Hall) and Dogs (Ovalhouse/ Yellow Earth).
Jamie played Max in the Channel 4 series Cucumber. Further television appearances include Silent Witness, Holby City, Cuckoo and Grange Hill. He also co-wrote and performed the feature film Tides, and played Inspector Chen in the BBC Radio 4 Drama Inspector Chen Novels, series 1-3.
Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present
Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designed by William Dudley
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Sound Design by Mic Pool
London County Hall
The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
Currently Booking until 1 September 2019
Box Office: 0844 815 7141
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3pm
See website for the following performances:
17 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
18 – 24 February 2019
15 – 23 April 2019
Tickets from £10
No booking fees if booked via the official website
Our exclusive VIP Jury Ticket will place you in the heart of the courtroom action. Jurors will receive a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks (soft drink, beer or house wine) to be redeemed pre-show or at the interval.
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