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Black Coffee

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3w, 10m

A Poirot thriller in three acts.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 10m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior

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Summary

Accomplished physicist Sir Claud Amory has constructed a workable formula for one of the most deadly weapons known to man – the atom bomb. Hercule Poirot, with the help of Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, is called in after the formula is mysteriously stolen and Sir Claud is callously murdered.

A superbly crafted whodunit with endless red herrings, subplots of infamous spies and an astonishingly prophetic storyline about weapons created through “bombarding the atom”. One of Christie’s most gripping country house murder mysteries.

“It’s exactly as Agatha Christie – and Poirot – should be. I’m totally in the dark, in every way, but having fun.”

THE GUARDIAN

CASTING: 3 women, 10 men

History

Black Coffee premiered at the Embassy Theatre in London in December 1930.

HERCULE POIROT
TREDWELL 
LUCIA AMORY
MISS CAROLINE AMORY 
RICHARD AMORY 
BARBARA AMORY
EDWARD RAYNOR
DR. CARELLI
SIR CLAUD AMORY
CAPTAIN ARTHUR HASTINGS, O.B.E.
DR. GRAHAM
INSPECTOR JAPP
JOHNSON 
  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting In the library of Sir Claud Amory's house at Abbot's Cleve, about twenty-five miles from London.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

REVIEWS

"It's exactly as Agatha Christie – and Poirot – should be. I'm totally in the dark, in every way, but having fun." - Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

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Music

  • Musical Style N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal DemandsN/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size N/A (Not a musical)

Licensing & Materials

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and, in many languages, outsold only by the Bible and Shake ...

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