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Agatha Christie's Classic Courtroom Thriller

Do you love courtroom drama?  How many hours have you spent riveted to “Law and Order”, “Murder She Wrote” or “Criminal Minds”? If you are a fan of mystery, and if you love to figure out who dunnit, you won’t want to miss Witness for the Prosecution. Agatha Christie—the queen of the modern mystery—is at her all-time best with this remarkably crafted thriller. As a subscriber you will be guaranteed seats. And you will need that guarantee! Christie’s The Mousetrap and The Unexpected Guest were the two most-attended non-musicals in our history. This play is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its many twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the thrilling last moments of the play!

“Must be witnessed before it closes!”

“There’s a reason Agatha Christie remains the queen of whodunits… you’ll find yourself gasping at its many turns!” Sunday News

“A winner… excellent performances!” Intelligencer Journal/New Era

Witness for the Prosecution

By Agatha Christie

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Note: this calendar shows only performances of this production. To see the full calendar of Fulton events, click here.

Important Dates:

  • October 16: Pay-What-You-Want Preview
  • October 17: Fig Preview Night w/ pre-show reception
  • 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

Preview footage and interviews with Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution director Charles Abbott and actors Peter Simon Hilton, David Girolmo and Alison Edwards.

Check out Lancaster Online’s interview with director Charles Abbott. They also share a sneak peek of Witness for the Prosecution.

Alison BethBeth Alison
(Stenographer/Other Woman) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Fulton Theatre! She is a proud recent graduate of Pace University, BFA Musical Theatre ‘12. NY credits: The York Theatre’s workshop of Falling for Eve (Sarah), and Pace’s She Loves Me (u/s Amalia). Beth is originally from Los Angeles, where she was awarded honorary mention in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. Regional: The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox/CLOSBC & Utah Festival Opera), Aspects of Love (Jenny/MTG) and the West Coast premiere of Parade (Mary Phagan/MTG). Recordings: Disney and Target. Special thanks to my incredible mentor Bob Cline and this fantastic creative team!

Susan CellaSusan Cella (Greta/Janet) is thrilled to be back with her friends at the beautiful Fulton Theatre, having played the role of Elizabeth in last season’s production of Gaslight.  Broadway: The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and My Girl, Evita, On the Twentieth Century, and Allegro and Lady in the Dark for ENCORES! Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh, Mayor, Jacques Brel…. National Tours: Fiddler on the Roof (opposite Theo Bikel, Topol, and Harvey Fierstein), Hairspray, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, 42nd Street, Can-Can. Regional: Lombardi, Noises Off, Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street, Hairspray, Hollywood/Ukraine, The Boyfriend, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Full Monty, Mame, Sideman, Taking Leave (world premiere) Company, Gypsy, Voir Dire, Time and Again, Most Happy Fella, Jake’s Women. Film and TV: Law & Order (2 episodes), The Sopranos, All My Children, Hi Honey I’m Home (series regular), Follies, and A Sondheim Celebration for PBS, The Astronaut’s Wife, Tavern on Jane. Thank you Marc and Chuck!

Kevin T. CollinsKevin T. Collins (Clerk/Usher) BFA, NYU Tisch. Theater: Made in Heaven (Off-Broadway), Angels (Off-Broadway), Paradise Lost, and Purple Hearts. TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Pros & Cons, Exit 19 (opposite Geena Davis), Comedy Central’s Stella, As The World Turns, One Life to Live, recurring roles on Law & Order, What Would You Do?, and Guiding Light. Film: Taking Woodstock, Detachment, Aunt Rose, Zombies Anonymous, The Sickness, Inbetween. Audiobooks: Over 75 titles, including Earphones Awards for Testimony and Lone Survivor, and a 2011 Audie Award for Beautiful Creatures. Much love to Meg, Finn, Krasny, and his whole family. More at

Chris DunlopChris Dunlop (Inspector/Policeman) Chris is very excited to be making his first appearance at the Fulton Theatre. Originally from London, he now lives in New York City. Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre, Princeton), Othello: A Workshop (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Yellow Wallpaper (Sphinx Theatre Group), Flight Without End (MacOwan Theatre) and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Linbury Studio). Film/TV include: When Harvey Met Bob (BBC Films), Monterey (Sinnerman Pictures), Black Books (Channel 4 Productions). Training: LAMDA. Chris has also produced and acted in several short films, and next year will produce a two-man show in London.

Allison EdwardsAlison Edwards (Romaine) is pleased to be returning to the Fulton where she was last seen in The Lion in Winter. Other credits include:  National Tour: Wit (Standby for Judith Light); New York: King John, Memory Play (NYSF), Into the Woods (Nightwind Prods), Twelfth Night (Riverside Shakespeare Festival); Regional: Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Vermont Stage), The Sisters Rosensweig (TheatreWorks/Palo Alto), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Pioneer Theatre), The Royal Family, Wit (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Copenhagen (Portland Stage); Film: Whispers of White; Television: Legwork, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Another World.

David GirolmoDavid  Girolmo (Sir Wilfrid Robarts) Proud member of Actors Equity Association. At the Fulton: Sunset Boulevard (Max), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Phantom (Gerard Carriere), Brigadoon (Mr. Lundie). Mr. Girolmo  has performed in 46 of the contiguous 48 United States and Canada. From Broadway (Candide, directed by Hal Prince), National Tours, to Chicago (where he is a multiple Joseph Jefferson Award nominee, and Jeff winner). Selected credits include: Annie (Oliver Warbucks); Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf); Kiss Me Kate! (Fred Graham—Jeff Nomination); The Most Happy Fella (Tony Esposito); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo—World Premiere); 42nd Street (Julian Marsh); Gypsy (Herbie); Passion (Colonel Ricci) with Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, and Audra MacDonald; Phantom (Carriere—Jeff Award); Unnecessary Farce (Todd—Wilde Award nomination—World Premiere); Much Ado About Nothing, and Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; The House of Martin Guerre (at the Goodman Theatre and in Toronto, Ontario at The Canadian Stage Company); Talley’s Folly (Matt–Jeff Nomination); At the NYMF in New York—Journey to the West. Film and television work include: D.O.A.P. (Death of a President), ER (Officer Gaines), Guiding Light (Stubby, the orderly)(really), and numerous commercials. Mr. Girolmo is a Principal Councilor of Actors Equity Association. He is married to Chicago actor Heidi Kettenring, who hung the moon and the stars.  Love, and thanks as always to Marc for this gift.

Peter Simon HiltonPeter Simon Hilton (Leonard Vole) US Theatre: The 39 Steps (x2), Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry VIII, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar (x2), Spamalot, My Fair Lady (x4), Damascus, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, White Noise, Frost/Nixon, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Agamemnon, The Birds, The Wasps, Comedy of Errors and adaptations of The Odyssey and The Iliad. UK Theatre includes: Oklahoma!, Les Misérables, Medea, Oliver!, Plain and Fancy, Grease, The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes, Guys and Dolls and One for the Road. Film/TV: Pan Am, An Englishman in New York, The Prince. Peter is also an award-winning playwright, a member of AEA and Dramatists Guild of America, he holds a degree in Classics (University College London) and has lectured on the production of ancient Greek theatre at the British Museum. He is a board member of the Shakespeare Globe Center (USA), and an international drama consultant for experiential training in issues of global diversity and cultural awareness.

Michael IannucciMichael  Iannucci (Mayhew) New York credits: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway revival); Shlemiel the First (TFANA); Enter Laughing; Bajour (York Theatre); Wallenberg (NYMTF); Spellbound (Fringe Festival); On the Waterfront (Brave New World Rep); The Cradle Will Rock (St. Mark’s in the Bowery); Present Laughter (Gotham Radio Theatre). National tours: Annie and Fiddler on the Roof.  Regional: The Most Happy Fella; Cats (TUTS); Rags; Crazy for You; Phantom (Fulton Theatre); Falsettoland (Caldwell Theatre, Carbonell Award Nomination); Steel Pier (Actor’s Playhouse); Noises Off (Playhouse on the Green); Ragtime (Carnegie PAC); My Fair Lady (Lancaster Symphony); Patience (Sorg Opera). Stock: Chicago (Mason Street Warehouse); Guys and Dolls (New Harmony); Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Lost in Yonkers; Driving Miss Daisy; The Foreigner (Forestburgh Playhouse); Finian’s Rainbow; Gypsy (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); I Do, I Do; Moon Over Buffalo (Allenberry Playhouse). He has participated as an actor and director in the development of new works for ASCAP, Tisch School of the Arts, Looking Glass Theatre, New England Youth Theatre, and the Project Rushmore Theatre Company.

John-Charles KellyJohn-Charles Kelly (Carter/Justice Wainwright) Broadway: A Christmas Carol Original Cast and Recording.  New York: Deep Throat Sex Scandal (World Premiere), and Floyd Collins. National Tours: Light in the Piazza, Victor/Victoria, and Annie (several!). International: West Side Story, and Cats as Gus/Growltiger in German! Twenty productions at Walnut Street, Twenty seasons in Maine, and at TUTS, Buddy in Follies. Recently, Annie (Warbucks) and The Sound of Music (Max) at Surflight and My Fair Lady (Pickering) at Hilton Head, and has appeared at Goodspeed, Coconut Grove, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh CLO, Barrington Stage and Fulton Theatre in Treasure Island (Capt). Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1973.

Brian MartinBrian Martin (Dr. Wyatt/Mr. Clegg/Myers Asst.) Over the past decade, Brian has lent his talents to the Fulton in numerous capacities.  On the Main Stage, Brian has appeared in several productions including Into the Woods, West Side Story, and in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap as Mr. Paravicini. Brian has also served as an instructor at the Fulton Academy and was employed as a company member with the Fulton Family Theatre Ensemble. Brian would like to thank the Fulton family and friends, both old and new for all the wonderful moments and opportunities over these many years.

Don ReyDon Rey (Detective/Warder)happily returns to the Fulton Theatre having previously appeared in Fulton’s beautiful Phantom. New York: City Center Encores! Pardon My English, Children and Art. Tours: White Christmas (Mike Nulty), The Sound of Music (Herr Zeller), Camelot with Robert Goulet, The Music Man, Evita. Regional includes: Ogunquit Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Maine State, Geva Theatre, California Music Theatre. Some favorite roles: Peron in Evita, The Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Many thanks to Charles Abbott, Avalon Artists, Marc Robin and the entire Fulton team!

Greg WoodGreg Wood (Mr. Myers) is back at the Fulton after appearing this past September as Herbie in Gypsy and having spent last winter here as Alan in God of Carnage. Other recent credits include: Claudius in Hamlet, Prospero in The Tempest, and King John in King John with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. God of Carnage at the Walnut St. Theatre, The King & I at the Walnut directed by Marc Robin, and Sylvia for Act II Playhouse. Film & Television credits include: The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Happening, Killing Emmett Young, A Gentlemen’s Game, Law & Order, Ed, Hack, and Homicide.

Approximate Run Time:
Act 1: 43 Minutes
Act 2: 62 minutes
Act 3: 40 minutes
Total: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two intermissions.

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 BangPeter 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 inPhantom), 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.

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