An English estate thrown into chaos

Black Coffee
Black Coffee

Robert Powell, one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable actors, stars as Hercule Poirot in a new production of Agatha Christie’s first ever play, Black Coffee.

The show, presented by the highly respected Agatha Christie Company, runs from Tuesday, May 27, until Saturday, May 31, at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

The show starts at 7.45pm in the evenings with matinee performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Robert Powell has received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. Robert went on to star in numerous film hits including: The 39 Steps, Four Feathers and Shaka Zulu.

Robert is supported by a heavyweight 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 more than four 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.

To book tickets for the show call 0844 871 7650 or log on to Both are subject to a booking fee.