Love from a Stranger

by  Agatha Christie, Frank Vosper

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

A tense psychological thriller in two acts taken from Philomel Cottage and The Stranger.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action takes place between Cecily Harrington’s flat in Bayswater and a remote country cottage.

Casting

4m, 4f
LOUIS GARRARD
MAVIS WILSON
CECILY HARRINGTON
BRCE LOVELL
NIGEL LAWRENCE
HODGSON
ETHEL
DR. GRIBBLE
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Authors

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecutio ...

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Frank Vosper

Frank Vosper

Produced at the New Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, London, W.C.2, on March 31st, 1936. 

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