The Patient

by  Agatha Christie

Short Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 4f

A short, dark play in one act.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“An excellent mystery thriller with an unbeatable final line.” - Charles Osborne, Theatre critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Councilof Great Britain

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A private room in a nursing home. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Music

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

Casting

5m, 4f
LANSEN
NURSE
DR. GINSBERG
INSPECTOR CRAY
BRYAN WINGFIELD
EMMELINE ROSS
WILLIAM ROSS
BRENDA JACKSON
THE PATIENT
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Agatha Christie

Visit The Agatha Christie Collection for more content, licensing information, and more about Christie's work. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest runnin ...

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The Patient was first presented as part of Rule of Three which toured the United Kingdom in 1961 and subsequently opened at the Duchess Theatre in the West End in 1962.

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