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Love From A Stranger

(Philomel Cottage) by Agatha Christie

The Mill at Sonning Theatre
Box Office: 0118 9698000
Trains: Paddington to Reading: 25 minutes on direct trains.
Taxis: Reading station, 15 minutes to Mill at Sonning.

A new version by Award winning writer Louise Page will be at the Mill At Sonning for a five week season from Wednesday 14 April to Saturday 22 May. The press performance will be on Friday 16 April.

In the cast are David Michaels (Gerald), Chloe Newsome (Alix), Dido Miles (Fran), Peter Moreton (Dick), Struan Rodger (George). It is directed by Andy De La Tour with design by Terry Parsons, costumes by Jane Kidd and lighting by Matthew Biss.

This intense psychological thriller is set in a country cottage. The plot revolves around a young woman (Alix) who dreams of being married. When she inherits a fortune her long standing beau is too proud to accept sharing it. She is unexpectedly swept off her feet by a handsome stranger and marries him. All too soon their happiness begins to disintegrate. Strange things begin to happen and Alix suspects that Gerald may not be what he seems.

‘Philomel Cottage’ was first published in 1924. There have been two films and two TV adaptations retitled ‘Love From A Stranger’. Basil Rathbone was in a stage version in 1935.

Louise Page received the George Devine Award for ‘Salonika’ at the Royal Court. Her most recent Award was at the Irish International Competition 2007. Her plays written for the RSC include ‘Golden Girls’. She has also written for Chichester, and the Tricycle. From 1991 – 2000 she wrote for BBC ‘The Archers’. Her work has been performed worldwide. Andy De La Tour wrote and directed ‘Question Time’ at the Arcola with David Michaels in a lead role. Andy De La Tour’s stage roles include in the world première of Pinter's ‘Celebration’ - Almeida Theatre and New York. He was in the National Theatre Gala in memory of Harold Pinter also broadcast on BBC 4. Chloe Newsome’s recent stage credits include in ‘Alphabetical Order’ at Hampstead Theatre 2009. She portrayed Victoria in ‘Coronation Street’ for 5 years. David Michaels has been in many stage productions including ‘The Hutton Report, Tricycle, the Royal Court’s revival of ‘The Changing Room’ and with the Peter Hall Company. Struan Rodger has been in many productions at the Royal Court and the National. Peter Moreton’s last West End appearance was in the Chichester Festival’s production of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ at the Gielgud.

Wed 14 April – Sat 22 May
Running Time 1 hr 50 mins
Perfs: 8.15pm dinner 6.30pm. Mats Sat/Sun 2.15pm, lunch 12.30pm.
Prices: £36.00 (Sat Mat), £42.00 (Tue – Fri, Sun Mat), £46.50 (Sat) (inc dinner)

14 April 2010