Witness for the Prosecution

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association performed Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution in Croydon Clocktower’s atmospheric Braithwaite Hall. The play sees a young man called Leonard Vole accused of murder, with only a famed barrister’s advocacy to clear him, and a key witness standing for the prosecution – Leonard’s wife, Romaine.

I did find the play to be very long, and rather wordy. However, I found it increasingly gripping as the evening went on, with strong performances from Owen Moore as the accused Leonard Vole and Bob Dann as defence barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts. The standout performance of the night, however, came from Jane Kortlandt as Romaine. There were several unexpected twists and I certainly did not predict the ending. A very enjoyable evening, and I would be interested in seeing the next play from CODA.

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