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The Unexpected Guest

Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  3f, 7m

A claustrophobic thriller set on a foggy night in three acts.

The Unexpected Guest

by  Agatha Christie

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.
History
The Unexpected Guest was presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, on 12th August 1958.
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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Alcohol
  • Mild Adult Themes
  • Smoking

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Setting:

The action of the play takes place in the study of Richard Warwick in South Wales near the Bristol Channel.

Casting

3f, 7m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
RICHARD WARWICK
LAURA WARWICK
MICHAEL STARKWEDDER
MISS BENNETT
JAN WARWICK
MRS. WARWICK
HENRY ANGELL
SERGEANT CADWALLADER
INSPECTOR THOMAS
JULIAN FARRAR

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  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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REVIEWS

“There is an ingenious display of suspects, as if lids were being taken off wells of depravity and hastily put back." - Lawrence Kitchin, The Observer 

"The impact is tremendous... Just when the murder seems solved ... Miss Christie pulls her almighty knock out punch. I admit her complete victory." - London Evening Standard

“It kept last night's audience in a state of stunned uncertainty; guessing wrongly to the last.”  - Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian

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Agatha Christie

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