Love From A Stranger - Play

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First published: 1936

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Love From A Stranger - Play

Love From A Stranger - Play

A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps a traveler off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau…

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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.

An intense and chilling psychological thriller which examines the sadistic mind of a serial killer and the extremes to which the power of suggestion can be pushed.

A brilliant terror play … our blood was gloriously curdled.
The Daily Herald

Love From a Stranger is an adaptation by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper which draws both on Christie's earlier play, The Stranger, and her short story, Philomel Cottage. Some years before this play, Christie herself wrote a stage version, calling it The Stranger. Love from a Stranger opened at the New (now Noël Coward) Theatre in the West End in 1936. It was then reworked for film a year later, starring Ann Harding and Basil Rathbone. The play was then televised in 1938, live on BBC Television. When the story was adapted for the American half-hour radio programme Suspense it starred Orson Welles as Gerald.

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