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The Patient

Agatha Christie

Short Play, Melodrama  /  4f, 5m

A short, dark play in one act.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    30 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

The Patient, known as Mrs. Wingfield, has been horribly injured in a fall from her balcony. Unable to communicate, it could have been an accident, attempted suicide or worse still a cold-blooded killer bent on murder. As relatives gather round her hospital bed the tension builds as an ingenious device helps Mrs. Wingfield convey a message that could solve the mystery. 

Part of the triple bill The Rule of Three  which also features The Rats  and Afternoon at the Seaside. Also part of triple bill The Rule of Thumb  again featuring The Rats  and with The Wasp's Nest  (in place of Afternoon at the Seaside).

History
Presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, London on 20th December 1962.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

4f, 5m
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Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

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Agatha Christie

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