Few actors come with sleuthing skills as sharp as Jason Durr who continues his celebrated run as the diminutive detective Hercule Poirot in the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie’s, espionage classic Black Coffee this autumn.
As the Belgian investigator, Jason is now set to get his little grey cells working in latest production from Agatha Christie Ltd in association with Bill Kenwright which comes to Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre from September 29– October 4 and Derby Theatre from November 24-29.
Having recently appeared on UK stages in the title role of Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret, Jason Durr’s previous detective training saw him emerge as a household name following starring roles in hit television series such as Lewis (ITV); Midsomer Murders(ITV) Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium (ITV); Inspector Morse (ITV); The Chief (ITV) and, of course, Heartbeat (ITV) where he consolidated his heartthrob status playing the role of PC Mike Bradley for six years.
Jason is joined by an all-star cast including rising starlet, Georgina Leonidas who shot to international fame playing the cursed Katie Bell in Harry Potter; Deborah Grant who has starred in numerous television shows including Not Going Out, Peak Practice and Bergerac and Oliver Mellor, who for four years played Dr Matt Carter in Coronation Street, before appearing as beloved vet, James Herriot in a UK tour of the stage show All Creatures Great and Small.
Also appearing are Agatha Christie Company regulars 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.
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.
Intrigue and suspense form the back-bone of this classic spy-thriller which follows The Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s hugely successful; The Hollow, The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None, Spider’s Web, Witness for the Prosecution, Verdict, Murder on the Nile and Go Back For Murder.
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.
There are performances at Chesterfield each evening at 7.30pm and matinees on Wednesday at 2pm and Saturday at 3pm.