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Prime Stage Theatre to Present the Legal Thriller ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ 

 Prime Stage Theatre’s upcoming presentation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is a gripping courtroom drama of love betrayed, and murder avenged.

Witness for the Prosecution opened in London in 1953 and was a smash hit before arriving on Broadway a year later. The 1957 Hollywood film version starred Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, Ruta Lee, and Tyrone Power and was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.

It’s a fitting finale to the company’s 2023-24 “Season of Courage and Discovery.” Directed by Ponny Conomos Jahn, Witness for the Prosecution runs for seven shows May 3-12 at New Hazlett Theater. 

The play is more than a simple murder mystery, says Jahn. “This is very much a psychological thriller in a way that much of Christie’s work is not. Many themes are addressed here — ageism against women in romantic relationships, the price of intellectual snobbery, xenophobia in England after World War II.”

She adds that the characters in Witness For The Prosecution are unusually complex and deep. “The purposeful blurring of the lines between the audience and stage for this production adds to the immersive experience for the viewer.”

Jenny Malarkey as Romaine Vole and Stefan Lingenfelter as Sir Wilfrid star in Prime Stage Theatre’s Witness for the Prosecution / photo by Laura Slovesko

The Prime Stage Theatre cast includes Nickolas Page, John Feightner, Matt Henderson, Jacob Wright, Sarah Puhala, Carina Iannarelli, John Reilly, Erica Fox, Christian Benton, Johnny Terreri, David Nackman, Jenny Malarkey and Stefan Lingenfelter.


Prime Stage Theatre presents Witness for the Prosecution at the  New Hazlett Theater with seven shows running May 3-12, 2024. Tickets (adult $39, artist $24, student $19) are available by calling (412) 320-4610 ext. ten or by reserving online at

Following the Sat. May 4 performance, a post-show discussion will feature New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Benedict, whose recent novel The Mystery of Mrs. Christie examined one of the most intriguing events in modern literary history.

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