The Witness for the Prosecution

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The Witness for the Prosecution thrusts its star into the spotlight with a systematically crafted script, expertly executed performances, and engaging acerbity.

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Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution: A brutal and bloodthirsty murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French (Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy Howle, Cider with Rosie), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily's dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Monica Dolan, Eye In the Sky, The Casual Vacancy) stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough, Bloodline, Birdman), can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones, Detectorists, The Secret Agent, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and King's Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (David Haig, The Thick Of It, Mo).

Cast

Billy Howle
as Leonard Vole
Kim Cattrall
as Emily French
Monica Dolan
as Janet McIntyre
Andrea Riseborough
as Romaine Heilger
Toby Jones
as John Mayhew
Robert East
as Justice Greville Parris
David Haig
as Sir Charles Carter
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

  • In its character, depth and startling bitterness, this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic short story bears small resemblance to its best-known film version.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Perfectly crafted, expertly cast and beautifully scripted by Sarah Phelps, who gave us her brilliant adaptation of And Then There Were None last year, it was simply all you could want from your Boxing Day treat.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

    Lucy Mangan

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Jones takes another step in his slow evolution from supporting player to star, but there is excellent work all around.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Let's just say that Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution isn't like anything you'd expect as it adds a layer of psychological hopelessness to the whodunit -- nor is it anything you should miss.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Director Julian Jarrold does a particularly fine job of creating the kind of atmosphere that mixes well-constructed anticipation with a certain strain of enjoyable dread, and in the leading role, Toby Jones is simply terrific.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

    Maureen Ryan

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Although it arguably strings things out a bit too much, this newest Witness is a watchable feast of strong portrayals and mostly sturdy plot threads.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Ed Bark

    Uncle Barky
    Top Critic

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