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Auditions for "The Unexpected Guest" by Agatha Christie

Updated: Feb 11


Auditions will consist of cold readings of selected scenes from the script.

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing, and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously, but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer

turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.


Suggested audience: Adults and Teens

Cautions: None


Cast of Characters:

6 men, 3 women

(Note: Richard Warwick is listed as a character in the script, but is only a dead body through Act 1, Scene 1)


Laura Warwick: An attractive woman of about 30


Michael Starkwedder: An active, tough-looking man of about 35, not very polished, but a shrewd thinker as well as being a man of action


Miss Bennett (Benny): A woman of fifty, grey-haired, alert, brisk, showing marks of an ex-hospital nurse


Jan Warwick: A young man of about 19 having a strange, rather innocent fawn-like face with eyes which can be rather quick and sly upon occasion, but a sweetness in manner


Mrs. Warwick: A tall, commanding old lady, although leaning on a stick, she is quite alert and is obviously a strong personality


Henry Angell: A man of about 48, he has a correct manner, but a shifty eye


Sergeant Cadwallader: A young Welsh man with a soft, musical voice


Inspector Thomas: A middle-aged man, rather poker-faced and dryly sarcastic


Julian Ferrar: A handsome man of about 36 with a soldierly aspect


This will be a traditionally performed reader's theater with music stands. British accents will be required as this will be an Agatha Christie period piece. The play takes place in Richard Warwick's study in South Wales near the Bristol Channel.