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Daughter's A Daughter, A

  • Agatha Christie
  • Full Length Play, Melodrama, 1930s
  • 4M, 5F
  • ISBN: PMS0000000209

An intense personal drama of family ties in two acts.

  • Full Length Play
  • Melodrama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Target Audience: Adult

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
The love between a mother and daughter turns to jealousy and bitterness in this intense and personal drama.

Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Caulfield and hopes for a new life and happiness. Only her daughter, Sarah, takes an instant jealous dislike to him. Resentment slowly corrodes their relationship as each seeks comfort in the formidable and knowing Dame Laura Whitstable who remarks, "the trouble with sacrifice is that once its made its not over and done with."

REVIEWS:

"Christie is beady-eyed and brutally honest on the psychology of the mother-daughter relationship."

 Lyn Gadner, The Guardian

"The play is a revelation and its emotional intensity is at variance with most of her crime plays. This is Christie writing with her heart rather than her head. She is not concerned with clues and suspects and alibis but with human dilemmas and life choices."

 John Curran, The Guardian

Premiere Production: The play, whose writing predates that of the novel of the same name, premiered on 9th July 1956, at the Theatre Royal, Bath. It was billed under the name Westmacott -- the pseudonym under which Christie also wrote 6 semi-autobiographical novels exploring human psychology in greater depth and offering a fascinating insight into Christie's relationships with her family. Her daughter Rosalind Hicks describes the books as "bitter-sweet stories about love."
  • Casting: 4M, 5F

  • EDITH
    ANN PRENTICE
    RICHARD CAULDFIELD
    DAME LAURA WHITSTABLE
    SARAH PRENTICE
    JERRY LLOYD
    LAWRENCE STEENE
    BASIL MOWBRAY
    DORIS CAULDFIELD