A man of many parts

ONE of this country’s favourite actors, David Suchet makes a welcome return to Bath Theatre Royal on Tuesday 23rd January, with his show, Poirot and More: A Retrospective, with performances at 2.30pm and 7.30.

Following a hugely successful tour in 2021 and a West End run in 2022, David Suchet – well known not only as Poirot but for countless powerful performances on stage and screen – returns in 2024 retracing his steps as a young actor in conversation with journalist Geoffrey Waunsell, a broadcaster and author of Poirot and Me.

He looks back fondly across his illustrious career, sharing stories of some of his performances and talking about his work spanning five decades. As well as Bath and many leading UK venues, Suchet will be visiting the Royal Shakespeare Company, at Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he performed more than 30 roles over 13 years – he remains an Associate Artist.

He says it is wonderful to be meeting audiences and “doing my Shakespeare once again at the RSC, in the theatre in which I performed 51 years ago when I joined the company and where I have such fond memories.”

For more than 25 years, David Suchet captivated millions of viewers worldwide as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective. He has graced the world’s stages bringing literary greats to life, from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Edward Albee and Arthur Miller. He is celebrated for his portrayals of iconic roles including Lady Bracknell and Cardinal Benelli He is an Emmy Award winner, a seven-time Olivier Award nominee (including The Merchant of Venice, Oleanna, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And All My Sons) and in 2020 was knighted for services to drama and charity.

David Suchet’s many previous appearances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Poirot and More, A Retrospective in November 2021, The Price in 2018, The Importance of Being Earnest in 2015, Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2012 and Amadeus in 1998. He also starred at the Theatre Royal in Oleanna in 1993, direct from its London premiere.

Photograph by Ben Symons