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THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, by Agatha Christie

Directed by Christian H. Moe

Performances of THE UNEXPECTED GUEST are October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.  Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. at the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

Mystery is served in the Stage Company's season-opener, Agatha Christie's Thriller Whodunit, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST.  The foggy countryside of Wales provides the backdrop for this thriller that's sure to elicit your best investigative skills.  Even the least suspicious among you will fall victim to this enticing puzzler.  Try your hand at amateur detective work; at intermission if your ticket is drawn with the correct answer for Whodunit?, you'll win over the crowd and win a bottle of champagne.

The online and lobby box office open SATURDAY, October 10 at 5:00 pm. See the Box Office page for more details, and for the link to purchase online tickets.


One dark, fog-bound night in Wales, a stranger enters a manor and discovers a murder scene, and a household offering no credible explanations.  As police investigate, answers lead to more questions, and a Pandora's Box of love, hate, suspicion, and intrigue bursts forth in a puzzling mystery that will keep you guessing at every twist and turn.


"Tantalizing ingenuity."  — London Tatler

"The impact is tremendous...just when the murder seems solved...Miss Christie pulls her almighty knock out punch.  I admit her complete victory." — London Evening News

"The Unexpected Guest is a twist-filled tale of murder in a country house in Wales, is the second Christie stage play adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne; and, as with last year's best-selling Black Coffee, the results are smooth and bracing." — Wall Street Journal