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The Case of the Frightened Lady @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 21st Feb 2018 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

Following the phenomenal success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold approximately two million tickets over a decade of first class productions, comes a new chapter from Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company. The Case of the Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace is adapted by Antony Lampard and directed by Roy Marsden with design by Julie Godfrey, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Dan Samson.
Edgar Wallace is one of the most popular and prolific crime writers of the 20th Century and the brains behind the iconic film, KING KONG. Having written more than 150 detective novels throughout his career 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.
Featuring TV favourites Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty) and Rula Lenska (Rock Follies, Doctor Who, EastEnders); Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses), Charlie Clements (EastEnders), Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street), April Pearson (Skins), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar). The cast is completed by Callum Coates, Owen Oldroyd and Rosie Thomson.
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…
The whole production takes places in the grand entrance to the Lebanon home where initially a fancy dress party is taking place.  Someone gets murdered and the detectives arrive to try and solve the crime.  It’s not a gripping play and with only one set, which overwhelms the stage and without different levels or seating to add interest and action, it’s hard to engage.  Vocally it wasn’t easy to hear a lot of the actors either, I’m not sure if there were technical issues, but it all felt very pedestrian and I actually didn’t care ‘whodunnit’!
If you enjoy seeing some of your favourite TV actors live on stage, the play runs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre till Saturday 24h February Box Office, call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit and continues touring, for details.
Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye








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