The cast and Company of  Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” were given an earlier welcome than expected on Monday night when the play had to be abandoned after the first of three acts, due to a breakdown in the lighting system which, despite all efforts by the technical staff, could not be resolved on the night. Reluctantly, the Duty Manager had to advise the large audience that the play could not continue and refunds or alternative bookings would be made. Consequently, the  after show reception for the Company took place much earlier than originally planned but everyone seemed to take the mishap in their stride and looked forward to the remainder of the week. Fortunately, although not entirely trouble-free, the Company were able put on the Tuesday night performance and the remainder of the week the play went on without any further problems.

“Black Coffee” Company. Lisa Goddard and Robert Powell Front, left