Black Coffee - Play

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Play
  • 1930

A physicist dies after consuming a poisoned beverage. Enter Hercule Poirot, one of Christie’s most beloved sleuths, to solve the mystery.

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Accomplished physicist Sir Claud Amory has constructed a workable formula for one of the most deadly weapons known to man – the atom bomb. Hercule Poirot, with the help of Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, is called in after the formula is mysteriously stolen and Sir Claud is callously murdered.

It's exactly as Agatha Christie – and Poirot – should be. I'm totally in the dark, in every way, but having fun.
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Black Coffee was Agatha Christie’s first play script. It opened in 1930 at the Embassy Theatre in London, before being transferred to the West End in April of the same year. It ran for several months at St. Martin’s Theatre, where The Mousetrap has since been running since 1974.

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  1. Charles Osborne adapted the play into a novel in 1998.

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