3.8 (5) · Contemporary

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions


Switzerland 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. The play originally premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

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.

Critic reviews

The audience is drawn ever deeper down the rabbit hole of Joanna Murray Smith’s intense writing

Theatre Weekly

Lucy Bailey’s production is clear, concise and clinical, all the drama occurs in the exchanges between these two characters

London Theatre

Patricia Highsmith is an intriguing subject; she was a one-off, but there’s something that just doesn’t quite work here

The Times

This is deathly dull stuff. Firstly, the two characters are so unappealing — and not in a sparkling, excitement-of-evil way — that it’s perplexing to be asked to spend time with them

Evening Standard

Disappointing psychological teaser about the talented Miss Highsmith

The Telegraph

All in all, Switzerland is a baffling play that does, however, sport top-billed performances

Broadway World

Joanna Murray-Smith’s drama explores the relationship between the author and her work

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 10 Nov - Sat 5 Jan, 3pm, 4pm & 7.45pm


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