Joshua Glenister leads the seventh cast of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution which is in its fifth year at London’s County Hall.
The company is completed by James Alper, Lily Blunsom-Washbrook, Jonathan Brenner, Simon Butteriss, Vicki Davids, William Donaldson, Nick Hardie, Andrew Hollingworth, Mandi Symonds, Naomi Taylor, Matt Weyland, and Donnavan Yates.
Witness for the Prosecution has captured the imagination of thousands gripped by the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder in cold blood. Director Lucy Bailey thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action as Christie’s enthralling tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.
You’re joining the brand new cast of Witness for the Prosecution, how would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t seen it?
A riveting, immersive experience following the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder. Christie’s masterful story is full of character, wit, humour and twists that leave the audience feeling as though they’ve not only watched a show, but witnessed the trial of the century.
How did you find out you had landed the role of Leonard Vole, and how did it feel?
I received a call from my agent a day or two after audition and they broke the news. I was ecstatic, and may have bought a few bottles of prosecco to celebrate with my housemates. I originally auditioned back in 2019. I was unsuccessful but had lovely feedback and was asked to come back and audition next time.
I loved the role and was more than happy to wait six months. Then a global pandemic got in the way but two and a half years later I finally landed the role. And it was made all the sweeter by the wait.
How much did you know about the show before taking on the role?
I had read the script and went to watch the play as part of my audition prep for the character, but there was still plenty to learn. However, before auditioning I knew nothing about it, which made watching it for the first time mind-blowing.
It’s now in its fifth year in London, why do you think it’s remained so popular?
There’s no show like it. When you combine all the elements, the script, direction, design, acting and the truly astounding setting of County Hall, it leaves audiences with an experience like no other in the West End.
What do you think you’ll enjoy most about playing Leonard Vole and what do you think will be the biggest challenge?
The show receives very visceral reactions from a lot of audience members. Hearing and seeing that because of what we’re doing on stage is a thrill I doubt will ever get dull, and I have to ensure it doesn’t bring a smile to my face when I’m meant to be “acting”. And the challenge is to constantly remind myself what is at stake for Leonard as it’s very easy to get swept along by the performances of the other actors on stage.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see Witness for the Prosecution?
Stop thinking about it and do it! Honestly it’s a fantastic show and you won’t be disappointed. But above all, remember, when you come, you are sworn to secrecy!