Black Coffee

Black Coffee

by  Agatha Christie

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

A Poirot thriller in three acts.
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

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

Music

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

Casting

10m, 3f
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 
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecutio ...

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

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