Knowing how obsessed I am with crime fiction & crime dramas, my husband surprised me on Christmas morning with tickets to see Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution- a unique courtroom staged experience at the County Hall in London!
To top off an already thoughtful present, he had also booked for us to travel by Hull Trains to Kings Cross Station & then an overnight stay in the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel across the street from the County Hall, even securing us an upgrade from a superior room to a suite!
Despite the wrath of the mini beast from the east, we braced the elements & arrived safely in London after travelling via a replacement service coach from Hull to Doncaster, a train from Doncaster to Kings Cross then by tube to Waterloo.
We had reserved a table at Gillrays Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar the night before which, thankfully, was just a few snowy minutes walk away! Featuring panelled walls, leather Chesterfield seating & views of the Thames, Gillrays hosted us for three delightful courses and a few gin cocktails before the performance!
Entering the imposing County Hall building, we ascended the sapphire blue carpeted steps and took our leather seats in the public gallery of a traditional courtroom. Intriguingly, the only prop centre ‘stage’ was a single, small, spotlit wooden stool.
The whole experience was mesmerising throughout – the flawless acting, simple scene changes & seamless integration with the ‘jury’ in the audience were exceptional. Without spoiling the ending, the twist was clever and unexpected, as per the criminal mind calibre of Christie!
Despite being a homebird through and through, I do enjoy little jaunts a bit further afield and without doubt, I would highly recommend Witness for the Prosecution for all crime, theatre or unique entertainment lovers like me!
What theatre production would you recommend?