All Rise for First Look at the New Cast of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall
All rise for the first look at the new cast of Witness for the Prosecution in costume at London’s County Hall
The production welcomes new cast members including Carolin Stoltz as Romaine Vole, Lewis Cope as the accused Leonard Vole, Simon Dutton as Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Giles Taylor as Mr Myers QC, Michael Cochrane as Mr Justice Wainwright and Tim Frances as Mr Mayhew.
Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present Witness for the Prosecution By Agatha Christie
Witness for the Prosecution has today released a first look at production images featuring the new cast, who joined the production for their first performance on 28 May 2019. Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama is now in its second year in the spectacular Chamber space inside London’s County Hall.
The new cast includes Carolin Stoltz (Shetland, Emmerdale) playing Romaine Vole, Lewis Cope (Billy Elliot) as the accused Leonard Vole, Simon Dutton (The Saint) in the role of Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Giles Taylor (This House, Wolf Hall/ Bring Up The Bodies) playing Mr Myers QC, Michael Cochrane (The Archers) as Mr Justice Wainwright, Tim Frances (The 39 Steps) as Mr Mayhew, with Max Dinnen, Janet Fullerlove, Karlina Grace-Paseda, Jessica Hole, Francesca Knight, Paul Lancaster, Nicholas Osmond, Joe Shire, Michael Weaver and Karl Wilson.
Director Lucy Bailey (Ghosts, Love From A Stranger) thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.
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 is now booking until 29 March 2020. The production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Davey, sound design by Mic Pool and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
MICHAEL COCHRANE – MR JUSTICE WAINWRIGHT
Michael is perhaps best known for playing Oliver Sterling in The Archers. On stage, he most recently appeared in Twelfth Night (RSC) and Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe/ UK Tour). Further theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (The Mill), While The Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath), Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre), The Great Game: Afghanistan, Bloody Sunday and The Colour Of Justice (Kiln Theatre), Over The Moon, The Merchant Of Venice (The Old Vic), Beyond A Joke (English Touring Theatre) and Married Love, Noises Off, 13 Rue De L'amour (West End).
His work for television includes Sticks and Stones, Decline & Fall, The Crown, Agatha Raisin, We’re Doomed! The Making Of Dad’s Army, Downton Abbey, Cradle To Grave, Man Down, Vicious, Coalition, The Musketeers, The Escape Artist, Panto!, Titanic: Blood And Steel, Criminal Justice, Margaret, Sharpe, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley, Suez: A Very British Crisis, Kenneth Tynan: In Praise Of Hardcore, Monarch Of The Glen, Jonathan Creek, The Falklands Play, A Touch Of Frost, Simisola, The Chief, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, Wings, The Citadel and Darling Buds Of May.
Film credits include The Iron Lady, A Different Loyalty, The Saint and Incognito.
LEWIS COPE – LEONARD VOLE
Lewis previously appeared on stage in the West End playing the role of Michael in Billy Elliot.
His television and film credits include Hetty Feather, Earth's Vain Shadows Flee, The Grass Is Greener, Waterbabies and A Six And Two Three's.
Lewis recently graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where his theatre credits included Richard III, Punk Rock, Macbeth, The Night Watch, Split and Candide.
MAX DINNEN – CLERK OF THE COURT
Max previously appeared in the West End in The Inheritance. Further theatre credits include The Elephant Man (Bristol Old Vic), Four Play (Wardrobe Theatre) and Jason and the Argonauts (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
For television and film, Max’s credits include Sound of Musicals, Top Coppers, Doctors, Which is Witch and The Law of Moments.
SIMON DUTTON – SIR WILFRID ROBARTS
Simon is most well-known for playing Simon Templar in ITV’s series of films, The Saint. Further television credits include The Royal Matchmaker, Endeavour, Doctors, Not Going Out, Dracula, Garrow’s Law, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, EastEnders, The Real Deal, Death Train, Heartbeat, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, The Place of the Dead and By The Sword Divided.
Film credits include Jupiter Ascending, Suite Francaise, 1911, Walking with the Enemy, Dangerous Beauty, King David and Memed My Hawk.
On stage, Simon most recently appeared in the UK Tour of Rough Crossing, and has previously worked with Director Lucy Bailey in her production of Kenny Morgan at the Arcola Theatre. Numerous further theatre credits include The Small Hours (Theatre Royal Windsor), Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead (English Touring Theatre), The Rehearsal (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hamlet, Ghosts, The Winslow Boy, Boeing Boeing, A Doll’s House, Gaslight, An Ideal Husband (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Journey’s End (UK Tour), A Daughter’s Daughter (Theatre Royal Windsor/ West End), Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre/ West End), Blithe Spirit (Watford Palace Theatre), Nothing, Venice Preserved, The Cherry Orchard, Pygmalion (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Semi Monde (West End), Present Laughter (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Heartbreak House (Almeida Theatre) and Brief Encounter (UK Tour).
TIM FRANCES – MR MAYHEW
Tim’s theatre credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The 39 Steps, A Man For All Seasons, An Inspector Calls (West End), Never So Good, Marat-Sade (National Theatre), Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Woman in the Moon (Shakespeare’s Globe), Anne Boleyn, Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe/ English Touring Theatre), Chronic (Royal Court), King Lear (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Love on the Links, The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse), A Government Inspector (Northern Broadsides), 1936 (Sadler’s Wells/ Arcola Theatre), Oliver Twist (Bolton Octagon) and Twelfth Night, He's Much To Blame, Wives As They Were & Maids As They Are (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).
Television and film credits include Big School, Gangsta Granny, The Day of the Triffids, Land Girls, Simon Schama's Shakespeare, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City, East Enders, The Bill, Doctors and Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories.
JANET FULLERLOVE - JANET MACKENZIE
Janet most recently appeared on stage in Unexpected Joy at the Southwark Playhouse). Further theatre credits include Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey), Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera/ BBC Proms), Shakespeare in Love (West End), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Fabrication (Print Room), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Cheryomushki (Lyric Hammersmith), Sweeney Todd, Westside Story, Façade and Marriage of Figaro (Pimlico Opera) and Shouting at Shadows (Cheltenham Everyman/ Sixth Sense).
Television and film credits include The Last Days of Lucille Ball, Holby City, Longford, Tipping the Velvet, The Jack the Ripper Diaries and Tomorrow La Scala!.
KARLINA GRACE-PASEDA - STENOGRAPHER
Karlina’s previous theatre credits include Vessel (Battersea Arts Centre), Custody (Ovalhouse Theatre), Death and the Kings Horseman, Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), The Night Club (Theatre 503/ Hampstead Theatre), Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre) and Sarai (Arcola Theatre).
Film work includes Distant Teardrops by award winning director N. Padamakumar.
JESSICA HOLE – THE WOMAN
Jessica is making her West End debut in Witness for the Prosecution.
FRANCESCA KNIGHT – GRETA/ MS CLEGG
Francesca is making her West End debut in Witness for the Prosecution. Previous theatre credits include Julie at the National Theatre and E15 (Lung Theatre, /Edinburgh Festival/Tour).
Television and film work includes Nurse, The League of Gentlemen, The Mechanicals of Hemp, Home Alone and Their Finest.
PAUL LANCASTER – CARTER/ DR WYATT
Paul’s previous theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/ West End/ International Tour), Kindertransport (UK Tour), The 39 Steps (UK Tour), How the Giraffe Got Its Neck (Irish Tour) and The Gruffalo (West End). For television, his credits include Genius, Picasso, Diana and I, The Angel, Emmerdale, White Gold, The Secret Agent, Dickensian, Mr Selfridge, Fungus the Bogeyman, Code of a Killer and Call the Midwife.
NICHOLAS OSMOND – INSPECTOR HEARNE
Nicholas’ previous theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (UK/ French Tour, Antic Disposition), A Christmas Carol, Alice, Aladdin (Creation Theatre), COSI (King’s Head Theatre), The Lion King (UK and International Tour), Measure For Measure, King John (Union Theatre, Off West End Theatre Award Nomination for Best Play), PHYS-ED (24/7 Theatre, Manchester Evening News Award Nomination - Best Performance in a Fringe Production), Cyclops, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Agamemnon (The Scoop Amphitheatre) and UK touring productions including An Inspector Calls, The Shell Seekers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It.
Television credits include The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Battle for Britain, Victorian Values, The Silence of Mrs Lamb, Three Minute Moments and Harry and The Harlequin.
JOE SHIRE - POLICEMAN/ PLAIN CLOTHES DETECTIVE
Joe’s recent theatre credits include The Island (Theatre Fio), 49 Donkeys Hanged (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Soulless Ones (Hammer House of Horror), The Tempest (RSC) and Hotel (National Theatre).
Joe’s television work includes several episodes of the British sitcom Trollied.
CAROLIN STOLTZ – ROMAINE VOLE
Carolin is most well known for her role as Ukrainian immigrant Olena Petrovich in Emmerdale. Further television credits include Shetland, McMafia, Holby City, The Windsors, Victoria, The Kennedys, Strike Back, The Café, Monroe, The Ones, Justice and Doctors.
Film work includes The Wife, The Inbetweeners Movie, City Lights – Clash of the Santas and the short film The Sexual Monologues.
Her previous theatre credits include Birdsong (Original Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer, The Miser (Cochrane Theatre) and I Stand Before You Naked (Unga Folkteatern).
GILES TAYLOR – MR MYERS QC
Giles’ numerous previous theatre credits include Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse/ Northern Stage), Shakespeare in Love (UK Tour), King Charles III (UK Tour/ Sydney Theatre Company), This House (National Theatre/ West End/ Chichester Festival Theatre), Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies (RSC/ West End/ Broadway), An Ideal Husband, The Way of the World, The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), After The Dance (National Theatre), Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse), Waste (Almeida Theatre) and Macbeth, Lady Be Good, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Television and film credits include Victoria, The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War, Stuart: A Life Backwards, Friends and Crocodiles, Wycliffe, Tom and Viv and Scarlet and Black.
Giles is also a Verse and Rhetoric Consultant, working most recently on the RSC’s Dido, Queen of Carthage. His book – Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric – co-authored with Philip Wilson, is published by Oberon Books.
MICHAEL WEAVER – SOLICITOR
Michael has previously appeared onstage in Wild Oats (Minnack Theatre), King Lear (Kent, London and Gloucestershire Tour), Terra Nova (Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre), Woman in Mind (The Beckenham Theatre Centre), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Bob Hope Theatre), Breezeblock Park (Bromley Little Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (The Barn Theatre).
KARL WILSON – WARDER
Karl’s previous theatre credits include King Charles III (UK Tour/ Sydney Theatre Company), And The Winner Is… (Vaults Festival), Et Tu Elvie (Edinburgh Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BurntOut Theatre) and Trojan Women (Nameless Theatre).
Television and film credits include Will, Love Robot, The Third Wish, Hundreds, Tens And Units, Moon In Gemini, Dan The Man and What We Leave Behind.
Photography by Ellie Kurttz
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
Casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG
London’s County Hall
The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
Currently Booking until 29 March 2020
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:
22 – 27 October 2019
20 December 2019 – 05 January 2020
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.
Witness for the Prosecution is offering a new range of gift packages, see website for details.
You simply select which of the three packages you would like to send as a gift, and the date you’d like us to confirm the gift to your recipient, and we’ll send an email that allows them to choose a performance date and time that suits them.
Or if you prefer to present in person, we’ll send you one of our limited-edition Witness for the Prosecution gift boxes, with ticket voucher and information about the show - so you can give your friends and family their day in court.
JURY PACKAGE £212 – Become a member of the Jury, and be prepared to be "sworn to secrecy" as the trial begins. Package includes 2 VIP Jury tickets, programme and drinks before the show and during the interval.
JUDGE PACKAGE £177 – Take your seats in our Premium area, right at the heart of the action. Package includes 2 Premium seat tickets, programme and drinks before the show.
COURTROOM PACKAGE £152 – Watch the trial play out before you as Leonard Vole fights to convince the jury – and you – of his innocence. Package includes 2 Band A tickets, programme and drinks before the show.
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