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Black Coffee - Jason Durr stars

Jason Durr

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE UK tour of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee continues at Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre (June 3 to June 7, 2014) with Heartbeat‘s Jason Durr as the celebrated investigator Hercule Poirot.

In Black Coffee, 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.

Having recently appeared on UK stages in the title role of Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret, Jason Durr’s previous Poirot-training saw him emerge as a household name following starring roles in hit television series such as Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium, Inspector Morse, The Chief and, of course, Heartbeat where he consolidated his heartthrob status playing the role of PC Mike Bradley for six years.

His other television credits include New Tricks, Above Suspicion, Numb3rs, Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Mysterious Island, Fooling Hitler, series 3 of Bugs, Christmas, Sharpe’s Battle, A Dark Adapted Eye, Femme Fatale, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Paradise Club, Iphigenia at Aulius and Jupiter Moon.

He has also appeared in the films True True Lie, Porridge, The Killer Tongue, Between Two Worlds, Young Soul Rebels, In A Heartbeat and Down Dog.

Having trained at LAMDA, Durr’s additional theatre credits include Donkeys Years (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Mummy (Belgrade Coventry), Sherlock Holmes (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Volcano (number one tour/West End), Losing Louis (Hampstead Theatre/West End), Follow My Leader (Birmingham Rep/Hampstead Theatre), A Chorus Line (Crucible, Sheffield), The Wrong Side of the Rainbow (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth, Measure for Measure and The Blue Angel (RSC), and The Destiny of Me (Haymarket Leicester).

The cast of Black Coffee also includes Agatha Christie Company regulars: Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Give Us A Clue), Gary Mavers (Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice) and Ben Nealon (Capt. Forsythe in Soldier Soldier). Further casting to be announced.

Black Coffee is directed by Joe Harmston and designed by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Douglas Kuhrt, sound by Matthew Bugg and costumes by Nikki Bird.

For more information or to book, call 020 8688 9291 or visit www.fairfield.co.uk/.

Following Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre, the tour will continue to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (June 9 to June 14), Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin (June 23 to June 28), Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury (June 30 to July 5), Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (July 7 to July 12) and the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (July 14 to July 19), with further dates to be announced.