Before he rejoins the cast and crew for the final five episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, star David Suchet took on the role of Hercule Poirot in a live performance of Christie’s play, Black Coffee, for the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. You can read a review of the performance here.

Although Christie adapted several Poirot novels into plays, she often excised the character entirely – for instance, in The Hollow – and Black Coffee is the only ‘canonical’ Poirot story to have been first and only theatre. (Well, under Christie’s pen at least: Charles Osborne has since novelised it.)

What a treat it must have been for the cast, audience, and Mr. Suchet himself – an expert now, after 25 years of playing the Belgian – particularly since Black Coffee is one of only two official Poirot stories that will not be part of the series when complete. (One short story, the Sherlock Holmes-inspired The Lemesurier Inheritance, wasn’t able to fit into the schedule either.) A shame we couldn’t all be there to watch!

(The final series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot begins filming in October.)