People’s Theatre to host Agatha Christie whodunnit The Unexpected Guest


The Unexpected Guest, Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, is the next play in the Heaton theatre’s new season.

The plot sees a young man’s car breaks down one foggy night near a remote country house. Seeking help, he finds his way into the study via the French windows, only to discover the murdered body of its owner Richard Warwick.

But all is not what it seems in this house full of secrets and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it Richard’s bitter wife who killed him? Could his own mother have fired the fatal shot? Or maybe it was his unscrupulous manservant.


Christie is one of the best-selling writers of all time, outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. She wrote The Unexpected Guest in 1958, with The Guardian writing that the applause on the opening night “was the equal of that which welcomed her record-breaking triumph, The Mousetrap”.

A recent BBC TV adaptation of her Witness For The Prosecution was watched by millions. The two-part drama starred Andrea Riseborough, who started her acting career at the People’s Theatre.


Tickets are £13.50 with £11 concessions and are available from People’s Theatre box office or on their website.

Audiences are advised that this production contains smoking and language that may be offensive.

The Unexpected Guest is at running Tuesday January 17 – Saturday January 21. For tickets, call 0191 265 5020, or click here.


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