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Love from a Stranger

A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that it seems…

The critical consensus

A gloriously amoral piece of cut-glass froth so magnificently unlikely that evidence of its two-faced bid for credibility would almost certainly never stand up in court.

***(*)(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 06/06/2018

While there are certainly troubling moments, in the end they give way to something a little more conventional – if consistently enjoyable.

***(*)(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 06/06/2018

An enjoyable romp bolstered by a strong ensemble.

Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 07/06/2018

Lucy Bailey’s production is a deliciously dangerous thriller from the queen of crime.

****(*)Ariane Branigan, The Wee Review, 07/06/2018

Distracting, untaxing – the dénoument reveal is something to die for.

***(*)(*)John Kennedy, The Edinburgh Reporter, 06/06/2018

Although Helen Bradbury as Cecily and Sam Frenchum as Bruce do their best to make the drama work, we’re left with a sense of an Agatha Christie story lost in time somewhere between 1920 and 1950.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 09/06/2018

Love from a Stranger is a fine example of how the genre can be done right without flash and firmly solidifies Christie's title as the Queen of Mystery.

****(*)Fraser MacDonald, Broadway World, 26/06/2018

Christie rarely puts a foot wrong, and as a piece of ‘good, old-fashioned’ entertainment it is undoubtedly a winner.

****(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 27/06/2018

Agatha Christie thriller is less than thrilling.

**(*)(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 03/07/2018

Features about Love from a Stranger

Lucy Bailey--Love from a Stranger and the Subversive Heart of Agatha Christie

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 05/06/2018

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday June 5, 2018, until Saturday June 9, 2018. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday June 26, 2018, until Saturday June 30, 2018. More info:

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