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Wisbech Players brew up Black Coffee

Wisbech players rehearsing Agatha Christie's Black Coffee ANL-151027-084517009
Wisbech players rehearsing Agatha Christie's Black Coffee ANL-151027-084517009

One of the most popular sleuths in crime fiction, Hercule Poirot, will put his ‘ little grey cells’ to work when the latest production by the Wisbech Players takes to the stage at the Angles Theatre next month.

Black Coffee is the first play written by that doyenne of crime writers, Agatha Christie and the only one to feature Hercule Poirot.

Poirot is called in by skinflint scientist Sir Claud Amory to investigate the disappearance of his atomic formula. However, just before Poirot and his trusty friend Capt Hastings arrive at the country estate, Sir Claud is killed off by a rogue black coffee laced with poison.

There is a collection of hangers-on who include various family members, staff and a mysterious Italian visitor who all come under suspicion - but is everyone who they say they are?

Martin Lightburn heads the large cast as Poirot with newcomer Neil Staveley taking on the role of Captain Hastings.

Directed by Linda Ekins, performances will run from Tuesday, November 17, until Saturday, November 21 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets which cost £11/£9 concessions can be booked online or by calling the Angles Theatre Box Office on 01945 474447.

The Players’ Spring production in April 2016 will be Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

You can join in the fun by taking a selfie wearing a Poirot moustache and share. You can download a template from the Players Facebook page and upload it using the hashtag #wisbechpoirot

- Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged will be performed at the theatre on Friday from7.30pm. Tickets cost £11 and £9.

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