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The Doubtful Guest

Written and directed by Shôn Dale-Jones, inspired by the Book by Edward Gorey

‘The only word to describe Hoipolloi's latest venture is charming’ British Theatre Guide
‘The comic-sinister atmosphere is brilliantly achieved, and Hoipolloi ... have enormous fun examining the nature of make-believe and the power of the imagination’ The Guardian
‘clever, accessible and engaging’ The Times

Edward Gorey’s humorous and yet sneakily sinister tale of adolescence and mayhem is now brought to life by award-winning theatre company Hoipolloi.

It came seventeen years ago – and to this day, it has shown no intention of going away…

When an uninvited and strangely fantastical creature finds its way into a seemingly normal household, its pure existence wreaks havoc. As it challenges their strict routines and descends the family into chaos, they search desperately for ways of dealing with the peculiar behaviour of their doubtful guest.

Discover this delightfully dark and conveniently curious comedy for anyone who is (or knows!) a mischievous misfit.

Produced by arrangement with The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Hoipolloi and the Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with English Touring Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre


Watford Palace Theatre

13 - 22 Mar 2008

Everyman Theatre

25 - 29 Mar 2008

New Wolsey Theatre

3 - 5 Apr 2008

Northern Stage

8 - 12 Apr 2008

Creative Team

Written by

Shôn Dale-Jones


Shôn Dale-Jones


Stefanie Müller

Composer/Sound Designer

Alex Rudd

Lighting Designer

Peter Harrison

Production Photographer

Geraint Lewis



Ben Frimston


Stefanie Müller
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Jill Norman
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Andrew Pembrooke
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Trond-Erik Vassdal