David Suchet’s Poirot And Extra makes for simple viewing on the Harold Pinter Theatre and leaves audiences hoping to look at him in a correct play

David Suchet: Poirot And Extra

Harold Pinter Theatre, London                    Till January 22, 2hrs 20mins


That is David Suchet’s ‘my life’ touring present, which has now landed within the West Finish. It’s straightforward viewing, casual, and although it rambles on a bit, there’s no lack of Poirot anecdotage.

Suchet is vastly in debt to Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, recording 70 episodes (greater than double the variety of Morse), in 13 sequence from 1989 to 2013. His Poirot gave him fame, a knighthood and a superb residing.

The format right here is that he reminisces to his pal, the writer Geoffrey Wansell.

David Suchet's (above) 'my life' touring show is easy viewing, informal, and even though it rambles on a bit, there’s no lack of Poirot anecdotage

David Suchet’s (above) ‘my life’ touring present is simple viewing, casual, and although it rambles on a bit, there’s no lack of Poirot anecdotage

They spool again by Suchet’s recollections of his distant surgeon father, his granny Elsie, a musical corridor artiste, the Nationwide Youth Theatre with Helen Mirren (no gossip there, alas) and of falling in love at very first sight with the actress Sheila Ferris in rep in Chester. They’ve been married for donkey’s years.

David Suchet – an actor with a honeyed voice and an enormous, smouldering stage presence – comes over as a completely good, unpretentious man.

Nevertheless it doesn’t assist that Geoffrey Wansell sits trying completely glum in any respect his tales.

The second half has extra meat. Wansell leaves the stage and Suchet takes us on an actor-ish course on the interior ‘freeway code’ of Shakespearean verse.

The speeches are a deal with – from Macbeth, The Tempest and The Service provider Of Venice. However I might have performed with some extra private revelation: for instance, how Suchet’s Christian religion and Jewish heritage got here to bear on his portrayal of Shylock.

Suchet’s actual social gathering piece is to point out us the detective’s mincing gait that he perfected by shoving a penny between his buttocks, a trick pinched from Laurence Olivier.

The lavish bodily demonstration of his creation of the Poirot accent is the grand finale. Voila!

The present left me eager to see him once more on stage – however subsequent time in a correct play.