Another Christie mystery for the Grand

A Belgian detective famous for his little grey cells is visiting Blackpool next month, when Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee stops off at the Grand Theatre for a week-long run.

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap,  Black Coffee is at The Grand from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24.

Taking the starring role of Hercule Poirot is a face familiar to TV audiences of all ages. Depending on your generation, Robert Powell is best known as Jesus of Nazareth, Richard Hannay, Jasper Carrott’s sidekick in The Detectives, or Mark Williams in Holby City. He’s also appeared on the Grand’s stage on many occasions.

In Black Coffee, Poirot arrives moments too late at a quintessential English country estate, following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. What follows is a heightened story of mystery and suspense.

Poirot appeared in 33 of the crime writer’s novels and more than 50 short stories, but only ever appeared in one play – Black Coffee.  As Agatha Christie’s first play, this staging of Black Coffee is a rare treat for Christie fans and lovers of quality crime drama.

The character Poirot has been immortalised by a number of famous actors in the past, including Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov and David Suchet. To this day, Hercule Poirot remains the only fictitious character to receive a front-page obituary in the New York Times.

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, said: “I am so pleased that Robert Powell has agreed to play Poirot in [this] production of Black Coffee. He will be the latest in a long line of distinguished actors to play the role.”

BLACK COFFEE is at the Grand Theatre Blackpool from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 May at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. For tickets, call the Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk.

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