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Witness For The Prosecution - Play
Witness for the Prosecution is a play adapted by Agatha Christie from her short story of the same name. The play opened in London on 28 October at the Winter Garden Theatre although the first performance had been in Nottingham on 28 September. It was produced by Peter Saunders. The Times of 29 October was enthusiastic in its praise stating, "The author has two ends in view, and she attains them both. She takes us now into the Old Bailey during an exciting trial for murder, now into chambers where the human reactions of the lawyers engaged in the case may be studied; and when the trial is over and there seems no more to be said, she swiftly ravels again the skein which the law has confidently unravelled and leaves herself with a denouement which is at once surprising and credible.
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A thrilling courtroom drama of murder and passion in three acts., Being a victim or a witness to a crime can often be difficult and you may not know very much about the criminal justice system.
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. She first gives the prosecution its strongest evidence , then fabricates new evidence that discredits her testimony, believing that this improves Leonard's chances of acquittal far more than her testimony for the defense.
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