Rule of Thumb

by  Agatha Christie

Collection / Anthology, Melodrama  /  5m, 4f

A triple bill of short, contrasting plays comprising The Wasp's Nest, The Rats, The Patient.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This triple bill of one act murder mysteries combines: The Wasp's Nest which sees Hercule Poirot come between a bitter triangle of lovers to prevent a sinister murder before it takes place; 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.   
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    THE WASP'S NEST - The garden of Charles Harbourgh's house. 

    THE RATS - Michael Torrance's flat in Hampstead. 

    THE PATIENT - A private room in a nursing home.

Casting

5m, 4f

THE WASP'S NEST 

CHARLES HARBOROUGH
CLAUD LANGDON
NINA BELLAMY
HERCULE POIROT

THE RATS 

SANDRA GREY
JENNIFER BRICE
DAVID FORRESTER
ALEC HANBURY 

THE PATIENT 

LANSEN
NURSE
DR GINSBERG
INSPECTOR CRAY
BRYAN WINGFIELD
EMMELINE ROSS
WILLIAM ROSS
BRENDA JACKSON
THE PATIENT
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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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