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The Case of the Frightened Lady
July 17th - July 21st
BILL KENWRIGHT Presents
The Classic Thriller Theatre Company
Starring GRAY O’BRIEN, DENIS LILL, DEBORAH GRANT, OLIVER PHELPS, PHILIP LOWRIE, APRIL PEARSON, BEN NEALON and GLENN CARTER in
The Case of the Frightened Lady
A NEW ADAPTATION BY ANTONY LAMPARD
DIRECTED BY ROY MARSDEN
When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. The household is controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary Isla is afraid for her life. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret…
Building on the phenomenal decade long success of The Agatha Christie Company, which sold over two million tickets around the UK, comes a new thrilling chapter. Following last year’s acclaimed production of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone, the Classic Thriller Company returns with a brand new adaption from the legendary “King of the detective thriller”, EDGAR WALLACE – the brains behind one of the most iconic films of all time, KING KONG.
Widely recognised as the most popular writer of the early 20th century, Edgar Wallace’s gripping page-turners are regarded as the bedrock of the modern thriller and The Case of the Frightened Lady remains one of his most celebrated works. Adapted for film several times, this is your chance to catch this chilling, captivating and complex thriller live on stage…
The star cast includes Gray O’Brien, one of TV’s most popular actors, known for his memorable roles in The Loch, Peak Practice, Casualty and as Tony Gordon in Coronation Street; Denis Lill from long-running drama The Royal and Only Fools and Horses; and film star Oliver Phelps, who makes his stage debut having played the character of George Weasley in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, Harry Potter. Joining them is Deborah Grant from Not Going Out and Bergerac; Philip Lowrie, best known for playing Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street; April Pearson, star of award-winning drama Skins; Agatha Christie Company stalwart Ben Nealon from the popular series Soldier Soldier, and Glenn Carter, widely recognised as the definitive Jesus in the hit musical and film of Jesus Christ Superstar.
‘A MASTERPIECE OF CHILLING STAGE NOIR… NOT TO BE MISSED’ ROYAL BOROUGH
★★★★★ ‘THE BEST MURDER MYSTERY I HAVE SEEN SINCE THE MOUSETRAP!… YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED’ WHATSGOODTODO
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
Choice Radio Worcester
Famous faces in Malvern this week - and regular visitors too - in a play by the man who penned the initial script for King Kong. One of 24 plays and film scripts which he wrote, Edgar Wallace’s The Case Of The Frightened Lady is a new adaptation by Anthony Lampard, directed by Roy Marsden and stars Gray O’Brien, Denis Lill, Deborah Grant, Ben Nealon, Philip Lowrie and, having put his time as George Weasley in the Harry Potter films behind him, Oliver Phelps.
The action takes place in 1932 in the seat of the Lebanon family, Marks Priory, and the single set contains an impressively tall Hall with various entrance and exits which are fully used throughout the show as more than one character meets their end and the mystery deepens as to who has the motives to carry out such deeds. The fact that the initial scene is a fancy dress ball makes identification all the more complicated. Lady Lebanon is seemingly desperate to get her son married off to cousin Isla (April Pearson) in order to continue the family line but neither side are particularly enamoured with that plan. Meanwhile Doctor Amersham seems to have something of a roving eye and is closer to the family than first appears and the employed married couple of Mr and Mrs Tilling (Owen Oldroyd & Rosie Thomson) have problems of their own, involving the young Studd (Joshua Wichard).
Whilst it remains a murder-mystery with the usual shock moments (thunder, gunshots etc), it is not without its lighter moments, some of them laugh out loud, particularly relating to the two footmen (well-played by Simon Desborough and Callum Coates) who suddenly appear out of the shadows at inopportune moments and who seem to be the ones who know just what is going on...
Presented by Bill Kenwright's Classic Thriller Theatre Company, the play is another sturdy production which follows on from the recent successes, Rehearsal For Murder and A Judgement In Stone. As expected, you never quite know who the next victim or who the murderer might be… What more could you want from a thriller?
Yet again another triumphant night at the Theatre, A Lovely murder mystery with a hint of comedy Beautiful Performed by a very good Cast especially Gray O'Brien Deborah Grant and Denis Lill it will keep you guessing right till the end a very enjoyable evening not to be missed !!!
Excellent production throughy enjoyed play well performed by all actors and never guessed the murderer totally recommend
As a member of Malvern Theatre, I attend all thriller productions and rarely am I disappointed but, last night I was.
At the beginning it was announced that there were two changes to the cast, the show was 5 minutes late starting and the interlude went on for nearly 30 minutes, obviously, something was amiss.
I found the production over the top, almost being played as a farce, and the screaming quite silly not up to the standard I expect from Bill Kenwright.
I’ve seen The Case of the Frightened Lady at Milton Keynes theatre and I thought it was a mysteriously well put together show of the century.
Oliver Phelps was amazing as Totti and Glenn Carter was amazing as Gilder and all the other cast members were brilliant.
I thought the show was very mysteriously funny and scary.