House Guest

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House Guest is a play written in 1976 by English playwright Francis Durbridge [1] (1912-1998). When their son is kidnapped, it is not for ransom, but to force his parents to allow one of the kidnappers to remain in the house.

The original text

First produced at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK in 1976. Published by Samuel French, 1982.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1984: Presented by Pieter Toerien Productions, directed by Hugh Wooldridge starring Paul Bosman, Kenneth Baker, Alison Frazer, Tammy Bonell, Drummond Marais, Robert Whitehead, Anne Curteis and Rika Sennett, opening July 1984 at the Alhambra Theatre.


Doollee, the Playwrights database [2].

Theatre programme (Alhambra Theatre, 1984) held by NELM: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 565.

Photograph of the cast (1984 production), The Rand Daily Mail, 12 June 1984.

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Another entry in the NELM catalogue (location [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2014. 7. 150) refers to a production, also by Pieter Toerien, with Stephen Hollis as the director. No date or venue is mentioned.

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