We recently ventured out on one very cold evening to see this courtroom drama, Witness for the Prosecution, by the best known crime novelist, Agatha Christie.
This was the other half’s idea and wouldn’t have been on my hit list personally but eager to see something a bit different, I happily went along.
The play is held at a unique venue – the stately and intimidating County Hall, staged in the round within the old octagonal council chambers.
The story centres around a character called Leonard Vole – is he guilty of murder or not? The staging is clever yet simple and it is the quality of the acting that really shines through in this production. For me, it is the defence barrister who steals the show. Jasper Britton is brilliant and really brings the high drama with his sharp wit and rapid dialogue. This is a performance where you really have to concentrate. You really need to focus on what everyone says in order to keep up!
For me, it’s the venue that really makes this show work. There is something about the dramatic backdrop that makes this story so much more plausible. You are also drawn into the characters by watching it in the round. The show swears you to secrecy on exit so my lips are sealed on how this show culminates. #SwornToSecrecy.
I would definitely give this a go if you are looking for something a bit different.
If you fancy blowing the budget you can also be part of the jury should you choose to? The foreman of the jury even has a few words to say when delivering the verdict so could be fun if you fancy it. Although the tickets are not cheap at £95 a pop!
We got to the venue early and were able to enjoy Happy Hour at Locale which is opposite. We enjoyed discounted cocktails which were lush! At just £5 a cocktail, what’s not to love?
I’d recommend the Bramble – Tanqueray Gin, lemon juice, sugar and Chambord.
We were familiar with Locale having previously lived in Blackheath. The Southbank branch doesn’t disappoint and we will definitely be returning to eat at a future date.