POIROT star David Suchet, one of Britain’s most celebrated actors, stars in Arthur Miller’s riveting drama The Price at the Bath Theatre Royal from tonight.

The play concerns one Gregory Solomon, a silver-tongued, used furniture dealer who arrives at a Manhattan townhouse, the childhood home of Victor and Walter Franz.

Victor is now a New York cop, his brother a successful surgeon. Expecting to close the deal, Solomon has not counted on the brothers being there to confront each other 16 years after their last meeting.

Suchet, famous for roles including Robert Maxwell, Antonio Salieri and Lady Bracknell, plays Solomon, while Olivier Award-winning Brendan Coyle plays Victor Franz. He is perhaps best known on television for playing Mr Bates - a role especially written for him - in ITV’s global hit series Downton Abbey.

Walter Franz is played by Adrian Lukis, well known on television for his roles as Wickham in the BBC’s landmark production of Pride and Prejudice and as Dr David Shearer in Peak Practice.

The play, directed by Jonathan Church, runs at the Theatre Royal till Saturday August 25 and tickets are £22.50 - £38.50 with concessions available. To book, call 01225 448844 or visit theatreroyal.org.uk.