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First published: 1958

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The Unexpected Guest - Play

The Unexpected Guest - Play

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find himself stumbling on to the scene of a murder.

You can keep a secret very well. Either you committed this murder yourself, or you know who did.

Michael Starkwedder

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Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

The impact is tremendous... Just when the murder seems solved ... Miss Christie pulls her almighty knock out punch.
London Evening Standard

The Unexpected Guest opened at the Duchess Theatre in August 1958, where it was to prove a critical and financial success. It played for a total of 612 performances, breaking all previous box office records at the theatre.

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