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 to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit and cover-ups 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 continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents this new production adapted from one of Ruth Rendell’s most celebrated works.

The star cast includes CHRIS ELLISON best known as DCI Frank Burnside in The Bill and Burnside, and Great Expectations in London’s West End, SOPHIE WARD who played the beautiful love interest of Young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Helen Trent in ITV’s Heartbeat, ROBERT DUNCAN, best known for Drop the Dead Donkey, DEBORAH GRANT, who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac, movie icon SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD who became an overnight star in the landmark film The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, 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 Soldier Soldier.



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
23 - 28 Oct Barnstaple, Queens Theatre 01271 316063 Book online
30 Oct - 04 Nov Windsor, Theatre Royal 01753 853888 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


Eunice Parchman Sophie Ward
Joan Smith Deborah Grant
George Coverdale Robert Duncan
Jacqueline Coverdale Rosie Thomson
Melinda Coverdale Pamela Dwyer
Giles Mont Joshua Price
Eva Baalham Shirley Anne Field
Detective Superintendent Vetch Chris Ellison
Detective Sergeant Challoner Ben Nealon
Rodge Meadows Antony Costa
Female Acting U/S ASM Rachel Barry
Male Acting U/S ASM Luke Jenkins
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