Agatha Christie’s dark brew

Liza Goddard and Robert Powell in 'Black Coffee' at Blackpool's Grand Theatre
Liza Goddard and Robert Powell in 'Black Coffee' at Blackpool's Grand Theatre

Bill Kenwright’s production of Agatha Christie’s BLACK COFFEE is at BLACKPOOL’S GRAND THEATRE until tomorrow night.

Starring Robert Powell as Hercule Poirot alongside Liza Goddard, intrigue unfolds on an English country estate following the murder of 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 and treachery among the estate’s occupants. That man is Poirot.

In the first play written by Christie, we meet a character who went on to become one of the most famous detectives of all time and the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times.

The show starts at 7.30pm each evening with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £17.50 to £28.50 call the Box Office 01253 290190.

This year’s SOUTHPORT DRAMATIC CLUB (BAR PRODUCTION) at SOUTHPORT LITTLE THEATRE is a psychological thriller called AGNES OF GOD, written by John Pielneier and directed by Celia Timmington.

Summoned to a convent, Dr Martha Livingstone, a court appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young nun accused of murdering her newborn.

Mother Superior Miriam Ruth keeps Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone’s suspicions further.

Who killed the infant and who fathered the victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and love leading to a compelling climax.

Beth Milligan plays Agnes, Tracey Batchelor is Dr Martha Livingstone and Elspeth Fisher completes the cast as Miriam Ruth.

Agnes of God runs from Tues, June 3, to Sat, June 7, at 7.45pm each evening in the Bar. Tickets from the Box Office. 01704 530521/530460.

PRESTON PLAYHOUSE hosts VARIETY 2014 on Friday and Saturday, June 6/ 7.

Conjurers, knife throwers, tightrope walkers, ventriloquists, and every sort of ‘speciality act’; we won’t have any of those... Singers, dancers, comics, musicians; we might have some of those...

A great night out, variety is alive and well, and appearing in Preston!

The show is part of the Raising The Roof charity to help the upkeep of the Playhouse Theatre, one of Preston’s most valuable assets.

Tickets are £8, £7 concs. Book online or call the Box Office on 07790 081536.