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'The Unexpected Guest' Presented by Gold Coast Little Theatre

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The Woman, the body, the gun, the Unexpected Guest
The Unexpected Guest
Gold Coast Little Theatre presents The Unexpected Guest


Famed author, Agatha Christie has a knack for crafting the unexpected. As the queen of murder mysteries, Christie delivers the unexpected in The Unexpected Guest. The scene opens with a dead body, shot through the head at close range. So, who dunnit? Was it the dead man's wife caught red-handed with a gun in her hand? How inconvenient for an unexpected guest (Michael Starkwedder, played by Jimmy Odenbreit) to walk in at the precise time of the crime. He's hardly a guest when he calls in uninvited, but welcome nonetheless when he offers to cover up the crime after the beautiful Laura (played by Marja-Liisa Rintala) confesses to murdering her husband.

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Laura Warwick and Michael Starkwedder


Yes, it's a little slow to start, with a barrage of dialogue and not much action to accompany it, but things start to get interesting as the play's characters are introduced and red herrings are tossed to and fro.

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The Unexpected Guest cast


Each character brings their own flavour to the piece which helps to spice things up. Secrets are revealed, lovers exposed, news of imminent death is disclosed, blackmail is threatened, loyalty shattered, a political campaign is disrupted, a heart is broken, and the sweet innocence of a young boy turns violent. Prepare yourself for gunshots and more than one dead body.

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Jan Warwick


A wonderful performance was given by Mitchell Walsh who played the intellectually disabled Jan Warwick – a very talented young man. There was a scene between him and Miss Bennett, played brilliantly by Lisa Shah, that is a show stopper. It certainly picked up the energy levels of the play. Fine performances were given by all cast members, and Director, Andrew Trump did a marvellous job with his modernised version that kept an old play fresh.

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Jan Warwick and Miss Bennett


The dedicated crew created a beautiful set and the perfect ambience with lighting and sound. It's well worth a ticket for an enjoyable evening or matinee of wondering…who dunnit?

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Detective Sergeant Cadwallader, Inspector Thomas, Michael Starkwedder & Henry Angell

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Why? If you love solving mysteries, you’ll enjoy The Unexpected Guest.
When: Thursday to Saturday at 8pm from 25 January to 15 February 2014. Sunday matinees at 2pm on 26th January, 02nd and 9th of February 2014
Phone: 07 5532 2096
Where: Gold Coast Little Theatre, 21a Scarborough Street, Southport. (behind the Westpac drive-through bank). Free parking available in front of the theatre.
Cost: From $15 to $28
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