The love between a mother and daughter turns to jealousy and bitterness in this intense and personal drama.
Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Caulfield and hopes for a new life and happiness. Only her daughter, Sarah, takes an instant jealous dislike to him. Resentment slowly corrodes their relationship as each seeks comfort in the formidable and knowing Dame Laura Whitstable who remarks, “the trouble with sacrifice is that once its made its not over and done with.”
“Christie is beady-eyed and brutally honest on the psychology of the mother-daughter relationship.” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“The play is a revelation and its emotional intensity is at variance with most of her crime plays. This is Christie writing with her heart rather than her head. She is not concerned with clues and suspects and alibis but with human dilemmas and life choices.” - John Curran, The Guardian
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: 1930s
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The play takes place in a red brick Victorian mansion block, near Sloane Square, London.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
DAME LAURA WHITSTABLE
The play, whose writing predates that of the novel of the same name, premiered on 9th July 1956, at the Theatre Royal, Bath. It was billed under the name Westmacott - the pseudonym under which Christie also wrote 6 semi-autobiographical novels exploring human psychology in greater depth and offering a fascinating insight into Christie’s relationships with her family. Her daughter Rosalind Hicks describes the books as “bitter-sweet stories about love”.