Following the success of And Then There Were None, Spider’s Web and most recently Witness for the Prosecution, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company is bringing its production of Verdict to the Belgrade Theatre’s Main Stage from Mon 3 to Sat 8 October.
Verdict follows the story of the brilliant and idealistic Professor Karl Hendryk, who, having been forced to flee persecution in his home country, leads a content and morally upstanding life. Everything is turned upside-down when the prospect of life-saving treatment for his invalid wife persuades him to take on a new pupil against his better judgement; the spoilt, conniving minx Helen, who will stop at nothing to get her way. With murderous intentions afoot, it only remains to be seen what verdict will be delivered, and if justice will prevail.
Upstairs Downstairs and Emmerdale actress Susan Penhaligon leads an all-star cast, which includes fellow Emmerdale actors Lyndon Ogbourne and Robert Duncan, who also played Gus Hedges in the multi award-winning comedy Drop the Dead Donkey, as well as Peter Byrne from Dixon of Dock Green fame, Elizabeth Power from EastEnders and 60’s pop idol Mark Wynter.
Written and first performed in 1958, Verdict is one of Christie’s few original plays which is not based on a novel or short story. It premiered in the West End in May 1958 and ran for 250 performances, before later going on to open in New York and Luxembourg.
Tickets for Verdict are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk priced from £15.25 to £28.75. Concessions are available and cheaper tickets can be purchased online.