The great writer Highsmith is eking out her lonely days in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by cats and books. When a polished young gentleman arrives at her door, she listens as he attempts to persuade her to pen one more book about the menacing manipulator Tom Ripley. As day breaks, a creeping realisation asserts itself: this young man has a far more sinister purpose.
Joanna Murray-Smith is an award-winning playwright and novelist whose works for the stage include Scenes from a Marriage, The Female of the Species and Three Little Words. She won the 2004 Fringe First Award among many other accolades.
Highsmith is played by Phyllis Logan, the award-winning actress who is perhaps most famous for her role as Mrs Hughes (later Carson) in Downton Abbey. Calum Finlay plays New York publishing envoy Edward Ridgeway. His theatre credits include the role of Rosencrantz in the West End transfer of the Almeida's Hamlet.
Director Lucy Bailey was the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Print Room between 2009 and 2012. Recent directing credits include Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall.
Switzerland premiered in Australia in 2015, earning itself the title of Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards.
Deft and dark, Switzerland has the draw of a great thriller with top-notch performances to boot. Catch it at Ambassadors Theatre from 10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019. Press night falls on 19 November 2018.
Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (no interval)
Age recommendation: Recommended 12+
Special notice: Fans of the thriller, especially of Patricia Highsmith's novels such as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, will appreciate this tightly woven tale.