It’s time for a good, old-fashioned whodunit, so the St. Peter’s Players will stage Dame Agatha Christie’s Witness For the Prosecution on May 12, 13 and 14 at 8:00 p.m., with the addition this year of a matinee performance on May 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Agatha Christie, without a doubt, is no mystery to readers and playgoers around the world. According to The Guinness Book of World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, and her play The Mousetrap is the longest-running stage production, having opened on London’s West End in 1952 and still going strong after more than 25,000 performances!
Witness For the Prosecution originally appeared in 1925 as a short story called “Traitor Hands”; in 1933 it was published under its current title in the United Kingdom and then here in 1948. In 1953, influential British producer Peter Saunders convinced Christie to adapt the story for the stage. Witness For the Prosecution is her self-professed favorite of her nineteen plays, and also the one most people consider her best. In it, Leonard Vole stands in the dock of London’s Old Bailey, accused of murdering Emily French, a wealthy older woman who made him her principal heir. His enigmatic wife can prove his innocence, but when she takes the stand she denies his alibi. What ensues after that is nothing short of one of the best surprise endings ever written—a double- (or maybe a triple-) cross that makes for an electrifying final curtain.
One last special appeal to those familiar with the 1957 film starring Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich—please keep mum about the plot details until mid-May!
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