Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - The action takes place between Cecily Harrington’s flat in Bayswater and a remote country cottage.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
Cecily Harrington has led a staid and proper existence. After winning a large amount of money in a sweepstake she desperately yearns for a life of adventure. Enter Bruce Lovell, a handsome and charming stranger who sweeps her off her feet. In a whirlwind romance, she recklessly abandons her job, friends and fiancé to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound “love from a stranger” is not what it seems and in an astonishingly tense final scene, Cecily discovers the ghastly truth of her new love.
"The final act is sure of its effect. The suspense is maintained; each turn of the story is clear and striking; the terror-stricken self-control of the girl and the man's gross and abominable insanity are depicted with every refinement. A successful thriller. “ - Charles Morgan,
"A brilliant terror play … our blood was gloriously curdled" - The Daily Herald
"There is authentic and tremendous suspense about the struggle between Bruce and his wife. One feels that, if any bird did nest near this cottage, it would be the croaking raven or the fatal owl." - Ivor Brown, The Observer
Produced at the New Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, London, W.C.2, on March 31st, 1936.