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The Phoenix Players presents

House Guest by Francis Durbridge

Directed by Daphne Breakspear.

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 January 2019.

Francis Durbridge wrote mainly for stage and screen in the crime genre, but is best remembered for his TV scripts with his fictional detective Paul Temple.

The luxury lifestyle of Hollywood actors Robert and Stella Drury is thrown into disarray when Robert returns from Italy to inform Stella that their son, Mike, has been kidnapped and that he had been warned not to involve the Police.

There is no ransom demand and the couple are even more puzzled when the kidnapper arrives at their home. He insists that he does not want money but merely to be their house guest for the next forty eight hours. The couple try to work out why the kidnapper has made such a strange demand but are soon overtaken by even stranger events and visits from people who are not all that they seem. Not so much a 'whodunnit' as 'why'.

Cast:   Backstage:  
Vivien Norwood Sandra Gilbert Stage Manager Abdul Mohammed
Jane Mercer Margaret Price Prompt Steph Trinci
Stella Drury Nicky Ashdown Props Colin Wilkins
Robert Drury Nicholas Gratton Sound Martin Lawrence
Crozier Roger Trayhurn Lighting Will Thomas
Inspector Burford Paul Dawkins Front of House Dennis Breakspear
Sergeant Clayton Mark Harris
Dorothy Medway Jean Belt


Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 January 2019 at 7.30pm.

The Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. SN1 4BJ.

Important: See Tickets below

Ticket Prices: £ 12.00 or £ 10.00 for concessions.          Group Bookings: 1 ticket FREE for every 10 tickets booked.

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