Switzerland
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1995, the Swiss Alps. Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing, hides away in her study, surrounded by her collection of books and antique weaponry, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Vitriolic, bigoted and alcoholic, her eccentricities are the stuff of legend. A polished young man turns up, sent by her New York publisher to persuade the great writer to pen one final instalment of her best-selling series featuring the master manipulator, Tom Ripley. But as day breaks over the mountains, it becomes clear that the charming stranger is set on a far more sinister mission.

Filled with razor-sharp dialogue, this chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander unfolds into a gripping psychological thriller.

Phyllis Logan, who played housekeeper Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey, was acclaimed for her extraordinary performance as Patricia Highsmith at Switzerland's premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio earlier this year.


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JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH'S SWITZERLAND TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END (5 NOVEMBER 2018)

Lucy Bailey's Theatre Royal Bath production of Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland will transfer to the West End this month, running for a limited season at the Ambassadors Theatre just ahead of another Murray-Smith play, Songs for Nobodies, transferring from Wilton's Music Hall. The West End transfers come hot on the heels of Paul Robinson's star-studded London revival of Murray-Smith's Honour, currently running at the Park Theatre.

Switzerland, the award-winning psychological thriller written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Lucy Bailey, will run at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre from 10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019, with a press night on 19 November. It stars Phyllis Logan ((above) as renowned author Patricia Highsmith with Calum Finlay as Edward Ridgeway. This critically-acclaimed production ran at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio earlier this year and marks the second production from Jonathan Church's 2018 summer season to confirm a West End transfer.

Switzerland paints a portrait of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith, famed for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt. The play originally premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Murray-Smith's Songs for Nobodies immediately follows Switzerland at the Ambassadors from 7 January to 23 February. Starring Bernadette Robinson and directed by Simon Phillips, it comes to the West End via Wilton's Music Hall and success in Murray-Smith's native Australia.

Honour, which seen in London in 2003 at the National Theatre, is revived by Tiny Fires this month at the Park Theatre, running from 25 October to 24 November 2018. Paul Robinson directs a stellar cast: Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson. It had its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia in 1995.





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Type of production: Play

Opened: 10 November 2018

Booking until: 05 January 2019

Running time: 1 Hour 35 Mins

Prices: £17.50 - £99.00

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