Switzerland at Ambassadors Theatre tickets
Switzerland at Ambassadors Theatre tickets

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About the show

Ustinov Studios’ production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Switzerland transfers to London’s West End. This captivating portrait of novelist Patricia Highsmith explores the mechanics of writing a thriller, framed within the imagined meeting of the author and a publishing envoy in pursuit of a final instalment of The Talented Mr Ripley. Following its run at Theatre Royal Bath, the two-hander plays at Ambassadors Theatre.

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (no interval)
Opened: 10 Nov 2018
Press night: 19 Nov 2018
Booking from: 05 Jan 2019
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

Seating plan

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Location and map

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 9ND

31 Reviews Add review

The actors were great but the script was repetitive at times. There was a great plot twist and the intimate structure of the venue... More

alexandrachloe 165cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show is extremely well written. It is very funny and the tension builds very well, the last 20 minutes are a real rollercoaster... More

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Very enjoyable show with a bit of a twist. Acting was excellent but the story was a little slow to get going hence 4 instead of 5 stars. More

LWH 5"4, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

rgowan 5"6, 240 reviews, 14 helpful votes

jamesflockhart 5''11, 223 reviews, 16 helpful votes

This show starring Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey) was billed as a psychological thriller. Unfortunately it felt a bit... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Not my usual type of show but it was well done. However, I could have done without the constant smoking and the dry ice!

chocoholics2005 4"10, 82 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The play takes a while to warm up and the final half of the play is good. Worth seeing for the two central performances.

dali21 102 reviews, 2 helpful votes