Ustinov Studio Phyllis Logan stars in the award-winning thriller


★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★The Guardian
  • 1 August - 1 September

Event Information

Wednesday 1 August - Saturday 1 September
Evenings 7.45pm
Thursday 9 August 7pm (press night)
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

Post Show Discussion: Thursday 16 August

Please note: this performance includes smoking

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ Whatsonstage

★★★★ “Phyllis Logan as Highsmith, gives a performance to rank alongside the best of the triumphs hosted by the Ustinov over the last few years” StageTalk Magazine

★★★★ “Magnificently played by a deliciously dissolute and totally convincing Phyllis Logan … an equally impressive performance from Calum Finlay … Lucy Bailey’s direction never lets the pace slacken … William Dudley’s set is outstanding, dominated as it is by the author’s writing desk and vintage typewriter” Bristol Post

“The perfect summer season entertainment … Phyllis Logan is excellent … a terrific production” Bath Chronicle

“Phyllis Logan, a barnstorming performance that literally takes no prisoners … A clever and maze-like journey into the human psyche, and you never know what the next turn will uncover” Fine Times Recorder

It is 1995. In the Swiss Alps a reclusive author hides away in her study, surrounded by her collection of books and antique weaponry, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. The author is Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing. Vitriolic, bigoted and alcoholic, her eccentricities are the stuff of legend.

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.

Filled with razor-sharp dialogue, this chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander unfolds into a gripping psychological thriller.

UK Premiere

Wednesday 1 August – Saturday 1 September
Evenings 7.45pm
Thursday 9 August 7pm (press night)
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

All tickets £27.50 / £24.50 discounts

All bookings are subject to a booking fee of £1.50 per ticket.

Phyllis Logan stars as Patricia Highsmith. The BAFTA award-winner is best known for playing housekeeper Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey and Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy. Her film appearances include Secrets & Lies and Shooting Fish. She last appeared at the Theatre Royal Bath in Present Laughter in 2016.

Calum Finlay plays Edward Ridgeway. His recent roles include Mary Stewart and he played Rosencrantz in Hamlet in the West End and at the Almeida. Bates Of The Amazon, in which Calum plays the title role, won 5 awards at the IMAX Screen Awards 2017.

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith

Directed by Lucy Bailey

Designed by William Dudley

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