Date(s) - 19 Nov 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre

GoTheatrical! Captioned Performances on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at 1pm and also Friday, 12 December 2014 at 8pm

Booking details at sydneytheatre.com.au

Please request caption seats at time of booking to ensure seats with the best view of the caption screens.

Sydney Theatre Company by special arrangement with Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, presents


A new play by Joanna Murray-Smith

A stranger calls…

Finely plotted, suspenseful and surprising, Switzerland will have you on the edge of your seat.

Following the success of Fury in 2013, Joanna Murray-Smith is back in the house, bringing us another fine world premiere work.

By arrangement with our friends at LA’s Geffen Playhouse – fellow Murray-Smithians who commissioned Switzerland – we are excited to present this original thriller inspired by Patricia Highsmith, renowned novelist best known for her fictional creation, the con artist Tom Ripley.

Highsmith’s taut prose, macabre scenarios and ambivalent moral stance – in her world, the villains enjoy happy endings as often as their victims – made her one of the 20th century’s most compelling and enigmatic crime novelists. Many of her books made it onto the silver screen – from 1951’s Hitchcock version of Strangers on a Train to 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella. The tables are turned in Switzerland and it is Patricia herself who is the central character, brought to life by the wonderful Sarah Peirse.

True to its genre, Switzerland kicks off with a knock at the door – before spiralling into a grim and lively contest of wits, words and wills.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins (no interval)

Warning: strong language

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