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Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee


Robert Powell heads stellar cast as Hercule Poirot

Theatre Royal Brighton Tuesday 27-Saturday 31 May

Last night Black Coffee opened in Brighton to a packed audience.

There were three parts and two short intervals.

The play is set in one room in a large country house in 1920’s England in a time when anything foreign was mildly suspicious.

It opens with a wealthy inventor claiming his secret formula has been stolen. Murder and mystery soon follow.

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Robin Mccallum plays Captain Hastings, Poirot’s able sidekick. And Eric Carte the able Inspector Japp.

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Liza Goddard plays Miss Caroline Amory and Ben Nealon as Richard Amory. Agatha Christie weaves her magic making virtually all the cast  a possible suspect both to the poisoning and to the document theft. Poirot must uncover the truth!

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Hercule Poirot is summons to investigate arriving with Captain Hastings at his side. The stage is very well set out and the costumes a visual treat by designer Nikki Bird.


Mark Jackson as Edward Raynor and Martin Carroll as Tredwell.

Judging by the applause as the curtain finally falls the audience was well pleased making this show a must for those who love a period whodunit and anyone else who just loves good acting.

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