Black Coffee

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Black Coffee

Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 10m

A Poirot thriller in three acts.
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OVERVIEW

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

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.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
    Performance rights for this title are currently withdrawn.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: In the library of Sir Claud Amory's house at Abbot's Cleve, about twenty-five miles from London.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3f, 10m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
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 

Music

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

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Press

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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Agatha Christie

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