Robert Powell to Star in UK Tour of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee
Robert Powell will star as Poirot in the United Kingdom tour of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee. Black Coffee is a classic spy thriller and Robert Powell, of West End fame, is ideal for the part. He’s pleased he’s been chosen and looks forward to the role. Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd., is also very happy that the Robert is playing Poirot.
The Agatha Christie Theatre Company have announced that Robert Powell (pictured right) is to star as Hercule Poirot in a new touring production of Christie’s first ever play, Black Coffee. The production opens at the Theatre Royal, Windsor on January 7th 2014 and tours the UK until July 2014.
Robert Powell, who recently starred in the West End production of Singin’ in the Rain, has received multiple awards for his work in television, including the BAFTA for Best Actor for playing the title role in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. He played Mark Williams in the BBC’s Holby City for six years and David Briggs in the BBC’s The Detectives opposite Jasper Carrott. On film Powell played Richard Hannay in the 1978 film version of The Thirty Nine Steps as well as roles in Tommy, Harlequin, The Jigsaw Man and Jane Austen in Manhattan.
A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.
From the pen of the great Dame Christie – (who, having sold over 2 billion books worldwide is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare) – Poirot debuted in Christie’s 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, making his first – and only – stage outing in the mistress of murder’s debut play, Black Coffee.
The Belgian investigator went on to become one of world’s most cherished and long-lived fictional characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. To this day he remains the only fictitious character to receive a front-page obituary in the New York Times.
His legend has proved ripe for adaptation and Poirot has been portrayed in comics, on radio and on screen for films and television, by actors such as Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Ian Holm, Alfred Molina and David Suchet who, of course, played the eponymous hero in the ITV series since 1989, through the entire catalogue of books and dozens of short stories. He recently bid audiences an emotional farewell as Series 13 of the classic series concluded with his demise in Christie’s dramatic farewell, Curtain.
Finish this article at: http://www.westendframe.com Robert Powell is going to star in the UK tour of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee — will you be there to see him? Agatha Christie’s work is never disappointing and Robert is an excellent actor. He has done exceptionally well in previous roles, including his part as Jesus many years ago. We look forward to the tour.