“This show is guilty of entertaining, thrilling and surprising us, so overall I'd rate it a great watch”
Upon walking in to the London County Hall to watch Witness for the Prosecution, I became entranced entirely by the unique setting. The play is mostly set in a court room and there’s no question that this stunning building is the perfect venue to display the murder mystery. The County Hall was first opened in 1922 and for 64 years it served as the headquarters of local government so it instantly sets the scene and adds an immersive edge. Having the cast walk through the aisles to enter and exit scenes also reinforces the idea that the audience are very much a part of the show.
I found the set to be tasteful and elegant, which was thoughtfully matched by the realistic costumes. Even though we were treated to this spectacular venue to host the play, neither the set design nor costumes were too extravagant or distracting from the narrative. Equally, the slick scene changes truly ensured an ‘order in the court’. There was action from all angles, adequately lit by an abundance of spotlights and lighting. The sinister musical interludes, added whispers and moments of musical suspense provided a soundtrack to the play, fuelling the tense atmosphere throughout.