The Unexpected Guest

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  7m, 3f

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

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The Unexpected Guest

by  Agatha Christie

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

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

Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

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.

Music

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

Casting

7m, 3f
RICHARD WARWICK
LAURA WARWICK
MICHAEL STARKWEDDER
MISS BENNETT
JAN WARWICK
MRS. WARWICK
HENRY ANGELL
SERGEANT CADWALLADER
INSPECTOR THOMAS
JULIAN FARRAR
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

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 Prosecutio ...

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

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