Following the early closure of Foxfinder and money troubles halting the West End transfer of musical Eugenius, the Ambassadors has called upon Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Switzerland, which is fresh off the back of a run in Bath, to run over Christmas. The play concerns Tom Ripley novelist Patricia Highsmith who, in the latter stages of her life, has secluded herself from society in a house in the Swiss Alps. She detests visitors, until her New York publisher knocks on the door.
Patricia Highsmith brought a whole world of thriller and suspense into being when she created Tom Ripley. The five novels – known as the Ripliad – told of a cold, psychopathic murderer, and Joanna Murray-Smith’s new thriller Switzerland explores the similar world of the writer: definitely cold, certainly sociopathic, and probably capable of murder.