Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and coverups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie.


The star cast includes award winning TV and stage favourite ANDREW LANCEL best known to TV audiences for his portrayal of villainous business man Frank Foster in Coronation Street and for the role of DI Neil Manson in The Bill. He is joined by SOPHIE WARD who played the beautiful, ill-fated love interest of Young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat, pop-idol MARK WYNTER who since his hit parade days has featured in seven Agatha Christie Company productions, DEBORAH GRANT, who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac, movie icon SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD who became an overnight star in the landmark films The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning with Albert Finney, ANTONY COSTA who shot to fame in chart topping boy band Blue and Agatha Christie Company stalwart BEN NEALON whose TV credits include ITV’s award winning drama Soldier Soldier.


24 - 29 Jul Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652 Book online
31 Jul - 5 Aug Newcastle Theatre Royal 08448 11 21 21 Book online
4 - 9 Sep Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305 Book online
11 - 16 Sep Torquay, Princess Theatre 0844 871 3023 Book online
19 - 23 Sep Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 024 7655 3055 Book online
25 - 30 Sep Orchard Theatre, Dartford 01322 220000 Book online
2 - 7 Oct Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal 01284 755127 Book online
9 - 14 Oct Blackpool, The Grand Theatre 01253 290190 Book online
16 - 21 Oct York, Grand Opera House 0844 871 3024 Book online
6 - 11 Nov New Brighton, Floral Pavilion 0151 666 0000 Book online
13 - 18 Nov Manchester, Opera House 0844 871 3018 Book online
20 - 25 Nov Bath, Theatre Royal 01225 448844 Book online
27 Nov - 2 Dec Brighton, Theatre Royal 0844 871 7650 Book online

*Andrew Lancel will be not be appearing for the performances on the 5th and the evening of 8th July


Eunice Parchman Sophie Ward
Joan Smith Deborah Grant
George Coverdale Mark Wynter
Jacqueline Coverdale Rosie Thomson
Melinda Coverdale Jennifer Sims
Giles Mont Joshua Price
Eva Baalham Shirley Anne Field
Detective Superintendent Vetch Andrew Lancel
Detective Sergeant Challoner Ben Nealon
Rodge Meadows Antony Costa
U/S ASM Pamela Dwyer
U/S ASM Mat Betteridge
Produced by Bill Kenwright
Adapted for the stage by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard
Director Roy Marsden
Designer Julie Godfrey
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer Dan Samson


★★★★★ What’s Good To Do

★★★★ Get The Chance Wales

★★★★★ “A five-star ‘who dunnit’”
– The Guildford Dragon News

★★★★ ‘A polished performance of this exciting thriller – an excellent evening’s entertainment’ – Essential Surrey & SW London

★★★★ ‘An entertaining and gripping production’ – Edinburgh Guide

‘Magnificent Show’ ‘An evening of true suspense’ – Central Fife Times and Advertiser

‘A taut, suspense-filled piece with a sparky storyline’ – Henley Standard