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08 November 2014– 20 December 2014

Venue: Drama Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Theatre Company

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Switzerland by Joanna Murray–Smithis anoriginal thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Inspired by renowned crime novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Two Faces of January, The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers on a Train).


The sharper the wits, the higher the stakes

Somewhere in the Swiss alps, a grande dame of best-selling crime literature lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. She finds solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. But when a mysterious international visitor barges in to her home unannounced, will her love of fictional murders become a dangerous reality?

 is an original thriller inspired by renowned master crime novelist Patricia Highsmith by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith ( Fury , 2013).

Highsmith’s books are the source of many cinematic adaptations -
The Two Faces of January , The Talented Mr Ripley , Strangers on a Train - but in Switzerland the tables are turned and it is Patricia Highsmith herself who is the central character.

Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Goodes guides a superbly talented cast, Sarah Peirse and Eamon Farren, in a production that will have you on the edge of your seat.

True to its genre, 
Switzerland  kicks off with a knock at the door and spirals into a calculated contest of wits and words. In a Highsmith world, villains enjoy happy endings as often as their victims… who will make it out of Switzerland  alive?

strong language

The best-selling author behind the character 

Patricia Highsmith was born in Texas in 1921, the only child of her feuding artist parents. She grew up to have a macabre sense of humour, a fascination with psychological disorders and plethora of controversial opinions. Her friends described her as stingy, neurotic and cantankerous. 

Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was turned into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Her second, The Price of Salt, was a lesbian romance that defied 1950s conventions and sold almost a million copies.

Highsmith created some of the greatest suspense novels in modern literature, writing dozens of works that would become notorious for their startling violence and unstable, morally ambiguous characters. She became best known for the Ripley series and its eponymous criminal hero; a seductive, amoral libertine who gets away with murder.

Patricia Highsmith died in Switzerland in 1995. She was alone.


Artist Information

Director Sarah Goodes
Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer and Sound Designer Steve Francis
Eamon Farren
Sarah Peirse
Photo James Green

Pricing Information

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Preview $78
Standard $94
Concessions* $75
Senior Card Holders $85
Under 30 $58
Group 10+** $85
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Performance Dates

Monday 3 November - Thursday 6 November

Friday 7 November - Saturday 20 December

strong language

Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, no interval (approximate and subject to change)


  1. Mon 03 Nov 14 8:00pm
  2. Tue 04 Nov 14 8:00pm
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  4. Thu 06 Nov 14 8:00pm - Allocation Exhausted
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  7. Mon 10 Nov 14 6:30pm - Limited Availability
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‘Love is what interests me. And love is indivisible from murder.’ Patricia


Feature: Tom Ripley

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