The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha ChristieThe Witness for the Prosecution
1920s London. A murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, 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 Mackenzie stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence.
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- The Fourth Man
- Where Theres a Will
- The Mystery of the Blue Jar
- Sing a Song of Sixpence
- The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl
- Philomel Cottage
- The Second Gong
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
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Hugely fun site-specific revival of this Agatha Christie courtroom drama. In her lifetime, crime writer extraordinaire Agatha Christie wrote 16 plays and a massive 73 novels. What will she say on the stand? When Christie adapted her original story, she shifted the focus almost exclusively to the Old Bailey courtroom. Some audience members are even addressed as the jury.
The story was initially published as "Traitor's Hands" in Flynn's , a weekly pulp magazine, in the edition of 31 January Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy older woman. Unaware that he was a married man, Miss French made him her principal heir , casting suspicion on Leonard. When his wife, Romaine, agrees to testify, she does so not in Leonard's defense but as a witness for the prosecution. Romaine's decision is part of a complicated plan to free her husband.
WHY WE CARE
The Witness for the Prosecution , by British author Agatha Christie, is a short story which was later turned into a play. The story opens, in medias res, as Mr Mayheme, a lawyer who has undertaken the job of defending a young man by the name of Leonard Vole, visits his client in prison. Leonard met, and befriended, Miss Emily French, an elderly, wealthy, single woman. When Miss French turns up dead, killed with a crowbar, Miss Janet Mackenzie, her maid, tells the police that Leonard had convinced Miss French to leave everything to him in her will. Miss Mackenzie adds that Miss French was of the belief that Leonard would one day marry her - despite her being forty years older than he.
Clarity and Help for Fellow Witnesses. This episode of the news show Dateline was a blast to the Watchtower Organization that is still being felt. On top of owning and operating a business and having family responsibilities, my elder duties seemed endless. In the five years since being appointed an elder I had already seen two elders removed, which caused bitter in-fighting on the elder body because of it. These would sometimes last for four or five hours and were exhausting. I was serving as the Service Overseer and was a regular pioneer, although the pioneering had to give way soon as my body could not indefinitely take the pace of such a breakneck schedule.