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Star Robert Powell to portray Poirot

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Robert Powell is to star as Hercule Poirot at The Regent Theatre next month.

Robert Powell is to star as Hercule Poirot at The Regent Theatre next month.

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THE Agatha Christie Theatre Company has announced one of Britain's most instantly recognisable actors, Robert Powell, is to star as Hercule Poirot in a new production of her first ever play Black Coffee which will visit The Regent Theatre between Monday, February 17, until Saturday, February 22.

Robert Powell has received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of 'Jesus' in Franco Zefferelli's Jesus of Nazareth. Robert went on to star in numerous film hits including 39 Steps, Four Feathers and Shaka Zulu. His extensive stage performances include: Alan Bennett's Single Spies, Keith Waterhouse's Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Robert is supported by a heavy-weight cast including Agatha Christie Company regulars. Liza Goddard, star of such TV hits as Bergerac and the long-running Give Us A Clue, Gary Mavers who is best known for playing heart-throb doctor Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice and Ben Nealon, perhaps best loved for his role as Capt Forsythe in the ITV drama Soldier Soldier. A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate's occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.

From the pen of the great Dame Christie – (who, having sold over 2 billion books worldwide is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare) - Poirot debuted in Christie's 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, making his first - and only - stage outing in the mistress of murder's debut play, Black Coffee.

The Belgian investigator went on to become one of world's most cherished and long-lived fictional characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

Tickets for Black Coffee are available now in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets/com/stoke.

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