Her psychologically-charged narrative mingles with her own life story in Joanna Murray Smith's biographic play. Switzerland transfers to the West End after winning Best New Work in Australia and opening to four-star reviews at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio.
TV star Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey, Lovejoy) plays the ailing, aging Patricia Highsmith, who lives holed away in the Swiss Alps. Her misanthropic life of alcohol, cigarettes and pets is interrupted by the arrival of a sleek stranger (Calum Finlay) sent by a New York publishing house. He's there to convince Highsmith to write one final novel for the hugely successful Riply series.
The encounter becomes increasingly charged, playing out with cat and mouse intensity that blurs the lines between Highsmith's real life and the enduring characters from her crime novels.
Having transformed Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution into an immersive spectacle, Lucy Bailey has a knack for translating the tensions and thrills of crime fiction for the stage. She brings pace and plenty of atmosphere to this production of Switzerland.
|What||Switzerland, Ambassadors Theatre|
|Where||Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
10 Nov 18 – 05 Jan 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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