Theatergoers have a chance to see television’s Hercule Poirot in a new way at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning Saturday.
David Suchet stars as a different kind of sleuth in the mystery drama “The Last Confession,” about the sudden death of John Paul I only 33 days after his election as pope. Suchet plays Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, a Vatican insider who looks into the pope’s mysterious death. Richard O’Callaghan has the role of the pope.
The play, by Roger Crane, is starting a world tour in Toronto after a sold-out run in London with the same actors.
The play goes behind the scenes of Vatican intrigue, with the pope, before his death, making clear his plans to replace three influential cardinals. Benelli stands up to the enemies of the dead pope and investigates on his own after the Vatican decides to move on with no official probe into the matter.
Though best known in the United States as Agatha Christie’s quirky Belgian detective, Suchet is London-born and an associate artist and governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. O’Callaghan has had a long career on British stage and television.
“The Last Confession” runs through June 1 in the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. West, Toronto). Tickets are $35 to $119, available through www.mirvish.com or by calling (800) 461-3333.