It has been announced that following its successful run at the Theatre Royal Bath over the summer, Joanna Murray-Smith’s thriller will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre from the 10th November.
The production, directed by Lucy Bailey, will see Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) reprising her role as renowned author Patricia Highsmith, alongside Calum Finlay as Edward Ridgeway.
Switzerland tells the story of Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt. Joanna Murray-Smith’s play originally premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards.
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. 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.
Phyllis Logan is well-known for her role as Mrs Hughes in ITV’s Downton Abbey and as Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy. Her extensive television credits include Girlfriends, The Good Karma Hospital, Bones, Wallander, Silent Witness and Vera. Her theatre credits include Richard III (Crucible Theatre), The Case of David Anderson Q.C. (Traverse Theatre) and Marvin’s Room (Hampstead Theatre).
Calum Finlay recently appeared on stage in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (Almeida / West End). He has performed regularly with the RSC in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, The Mouse and His Child and Jubilee. Other theatre credits include The Ghost Train (Told By An Idiot / Manchester Royal Echange), Dunsinane (RSC / National Theatre Scotland / international tour) and Tartuffe (Birmingham REP).