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Unexpected Guest, The - Full Length Play, Melodrama

Unexpected Guest, The

Agatha Christie

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Full Length Play, Melodrama

7m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702372

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

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Description

Full Length Play

Melodrama

Mystery/Thriller

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

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.


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


The Unexpected Guest was presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, on 12th August 1958.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 3f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

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)

Author
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to ... view full profile

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Jon Putzke 8/16/2014 3:38 PM
Great fun for Christie enthusiast, both on stage and in the audience.

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