It took only a heartbeat for stage and screen actor Jason Durr to jump at the chance of playing world famous detective Hercule Poirot.
Durr, only a village bobby in ITV’s vintage cop series, Heartbeat, takes over from Robert Powell as the Belgian sleuth in The Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s tour of the crime thriller Black Coffee.
It’s the only play to feature the famous detective and has been doing phenomenal business around the country.
The actor takes over as the celebrated investigator at Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre on June 3.
Durr is fast becoming a super sleuth. He recently appeared on UK stages in the title role of Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret.
His previous Poirot-training came with appearances in all the usual suspects – Lewis; Midsomer Murders; Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium; Inspector Morse and The Chief.
Black Coffee is a classic Christie country house mystery. 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.
Black Coffee, which also stars Liza Goddard, Gary Mavers and Ben Nealon, has been such a critical and commercial success that it is now touring until November.
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, June 3-7;
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, June 9-14
Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin, June 23-28
Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury, June 30-July 5
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, July 7-12
Theatre Royal, Newcastle, July 14-19.
Black Coffee tours until November 2014. Further casting to be announced.
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