Hercule Poirot is like Marmite - you either love him or you hate him. When the famous detective finally kicked the bucked in the final episode adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous novels hit the screens, my mum was in mourning and my dad in celebration. But rest assured, he will live on in repeats.
But now you have read all the books, seen all the episodes, and watched both the films, what else is there to do? Well, I'll let you in on a little secret: Agatha Christie wrote two plays as well. Okay, to fans, that probably isn't much of a secret.
Her first Poirot play was called Alibi, but she was disappointed with the portrayal of her protagonist. A lot of writers mght therefore be put off writing a second play, but for Christie, it only spurred her on. Black Coffee premiered on the 8th December 1930 at the Everyman Theatre in Hampstead., and although the actor, Francis L. Sullivan, was physically too tall, she approved of his portrayal.
Black Coffee is now coming back to stage for a UK tour, in a new production starring Robert Powell as Hercule Poirot. Powell has won multiple awards and BAFTA nominations, having played Jesus in Franco Zefferelli's Jesus of Nazareth, and appearing in many films, such as 39 Steps, Four Feathers, and Shaka Zulu. He is also the right height.
The play centres around the murder of the eccentric inventor, Sir Claud Amory, whose new earth shattering formula has just been stolen. But never fear, Poirot is on the case.
Tickets range from £16.90-£37.90, and will be playing on the following dates:
Grand Opera House - York - 3rd - 5th April Milton Keynes Theatre - Milton Keynes - 28th April - 3rd May Theatre Royal Brighton - Brighton - 27th - 31st May Fairfield Halls - Croydon - 3rd - 7th June New Alexandra Theatre - Birmingham - 7th - 12th July Princess Theatre - Torquay - 15th - 20th Sept The Churchill Theatre - Bromley - 6th - 11th Oct