Collection / Anthology
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Settings Of Play - Afternoon at the Seaside - A summer afternoon at the beach at Little-Slippyng-on-Sea.
The Rats - The Michael Torrances' flat in Hampstead - the present.
The Patient - A private room in a nursing home - the present.
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This triple bill of one act murder mysteries combines: the light hearted comedy Afternoon at the Seaside
, in which a detective attempts to find a priceless emerald necklace and the culprit who stole it; The Rats
, a dark and chilling tale in which a pair of adulterous lovers find themselves lured to a flat, trapped like rats and framed for murder; and finally, The Patient
, a tense thriller in which a woman has been hospitalised after seemingly falling from her balcony.
"Three thrilling dénouements for the price of one." - Daily Telegraph
“A trio of playlets devoted, like the rest of her work, to whetting ones appetite for retribution.” - Kenneth Tynan, The Observer
“They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook, whose interest is to please.” - Joseph Muddiman, The Times Literary Supplement
The Rule of Three
was first presented on tour in the United Kingdom in 1961 and subsequently opened at the Duchess Theatre in the West End in 1962.