Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Settings Of Play - The action of the play takes place in the study of Richard Warwick in South Wales near the Bristol Channel.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
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.
“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
The Unexpected Guest was presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, on 12th August 1958.