Production images are today released for the UK premiere of Switzerland at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio starring Phyllis Logan as renowned author Patricia Highsmith with Calum Finlay. The production is written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Lucy Bailey as part of Artistic Director Jonathan Church’s 2018 Summer Season at Theatre Royal Bath and runs until Saturday 1 September.
Switzerland premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards. The play paints a portrait of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith, famed for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt.
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.