Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Brian Bell
Ian McKellen in the role of Tredwell (the butler)
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
16 October 1961 - 29 October 1961
Words from Ian McKellen
Agatha Christie thrillers were the staple of repertory theatres in the '50s and '60s. This one was mauled by a director who tried simulating a cinematic presentation by lowering the stage lights and concentrating the audienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“close-upÃ¢â‚¬Â of some detail. Save me from directors (or actors) with a Ã¢â‚¬Å“conceptÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ unless, of course, it works! In Black Coffee, it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.