Classic whodunnit comes to the stage

Robert Powell playing Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee
Robert Powell playing Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee
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Review - Black Coffee atMilton Keynes Theatre.

A country house, a raft of suspicious suspects and a murder. It can only be a play from the queen of crime herself Agatha Christie.

An inventor has developed a new kind of explosive. But the formula goes missing and the inventor is killed in mysterious circumstances and everyone is a suspect.

In a way, this is very typical Agatha Christie piece. The main curiosity with Black Coffee is that it is the only play she wrote for the Belgian detective Herule Poirot.

Playing the part is Robert Powell, who adds a few glances of humour to the part which raised a few smiles and laughs.

But the genius of Christie, and why her work has endured for so long is the magnificent plotting in evidence throughout. There’s one small moment which reveals the killer. But I won’t spoil it. A few dodgy accents aside, Black Coffee definitely won’t leave you with a bitter taste.

Review by Steve Mills

Black Coffee is performed until Saturday. To book tickets call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit