Fulton Theatre presents courtroom thriller WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Media Contact: Barry Halvorson: 717-394-7133, ext. 134 or bhalvorson@thefulton.org

Fulton Theatre presents Agatha Christie courtroom thriller Witness for the Prosecution

Lancaster, PA—The Fulton Theatre continues its 160th anniversary season with the Agatha Christie courtroom thriller Witness for the Prosecution. The play was among Christie’s favorite creations. She described the opening night of its premiere as “the one night at the theatre that will always stand out in my memory.” The play was subsequently adapted for film, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power, in his final film role. Christie is a popular playwright among Fulton Theatre audiences. Produced in prior seasons, her The Mousetrap and The Unepxected Guest hold the highest attendance records for any non-musical in the Fulton’s history.

This production is directed by Charles Abbott, having previously directed Deathtrap at the Fulton and having appeared most recently as the Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Peter Simon Hilton (Henry Higgins in the Fulton/Lancaster Symphony My Fair Lady co-production) plays Leonard Vole, the man on trial accused of murder.

This play also sees the return of several actors familiar to Fulton audiences. Greg Wood (Herbie in Gypsy, Alan in God of Carnage), David Girolmo (Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Max in Sunset Boulevard), Allison Edwards (Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter), Michael Iannucci (Cholet in Phantom, Zangler in Crazy for You), John-Charles Kelly (Captain Smollett in Treasure Island), Don Rey (Tenor in Phantom), Brian Martin (Paravicini in The Mousetrap) and Sue Cella (Elizabeth in Gaslight). Making their Fulton debuts are Kevin Collins and Chris Dunlop.

Set Designer: Craig Napoliello; Costume Designer: Beth Dunkelberger; Lighting Designer: Bill Simmons; Sound Designer Jacob Mishler; Props Designer: Katelin Walsko; Stage Manager: Mark Johnson.

Important Dates:

  • October 16: Pay-What-You-Want Preview
  • October 17: Preview Night w/ pre-show reception sponsored by Fig
  • October 18: Opening Night
  • October 25: Thirsty for History Night
  • October 26: Wine Tasting Night
  • October 27: ASL/Open Caption/Audio Description matinee
  • October 30: Open Caption/Audio Description
  • October 31: Asides Pre-Show Presentation (evening only)
  • November 4: Final Performance

Witness for the Prosecution is supported by Season Co-Sponsor Fulton Bank and Production Co-sponsor Franklin & Marshall College. Performances begin with two preview performances October 16th and 17th, with an official opening on October 18th, closing November 4th. Regular ticket prices range from $20–$65 and are available through the Fulton Box Office at 717-397-7425 or online at www.thefulton.org.


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Fulton Theatre
12 N Prince Street
P.O. Box 1865
Lancaster, PA  17608-1865


The Fulton first opened its doors in 1852. 160 years later, this National Historic Landmark Theatre continues to entertain, educate and delight audiences, bringing live theatre, music, and more than 120,000 patrons into downtown Lancaster annually. Since its inception, some of the brightest stars of theatre, music and film have appeared on its stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Mark Twain, Lionel Barrymore, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, W.C. Fields, George M. Cohan, Treat Williams and Lancaster’s own Jonathan Groff.

Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Marc Robin and Managing Director Aaron A. Young, the Fulton Theatre produces a mix of comedies, dramas and musicals, employing the talents of professional directors, designers, playwrights and actors from the local community, New York and across the country. The Fulton also offers acting classes for children, teens and adults as well as numerous outreach programs for youth across the region.