The Patient

A short, dark play in one act

Running time: 40 minutes

Cast size: 9


The Patient
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.

Play information

A private room in a nursing home.
Running time
40 minutes

Character list

  • Number of male characters: 5
  • Number of female characters: 4
  • Lansen
  • Nurse
  • Dr. Ginsberg
  • Inspector Cray
  • Bryan Wingfield
  • Emmeline Ross
  • William Ross
  • Brenda Jackson
  • The Patient

Performing this play

More about this play

The Patient was first presented as part of Rule Of Three, which toured the United Kingdom in 1961 and subsequently opened at the Duchess Theatre in the West End in 1962.
An excellent mystery thriller with an unbeatable final line.
Charles Osborne, Theatre critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain