The Patient

by  Agatha Christie

Short Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 4f

A short, dark play in one act.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
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    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The Patient, known as Mrs. Wingfield, has been horribly injured in a fall from her balcony. Unable to communicate, it could have been an accident, attempted suicide or worse still a cold-blooded killer bent on murder. As relatives gather round her hospital bed the tension builds as an ingenious device helps Mrs. Wingfield convey a message that could solve the mystery. 

Part of the triple bill The Rule of Three  which also features The Rats  and Afternoon at the Seaside. Also part of triple bill The Rule of Thumb  again featuring The Rats  and with The Wasp's Nest  (in place of Afternoon at the Seaside).

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


5m, 4f
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Presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, London on 20th December 1962.

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