Star-studded play by King Kong creator

PUBLISHED: 11:22 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 19 January 2018

The Case Of The Frightened Lady.

The Case Of The Frightened Lady.

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A literary great’s play will be brought to life on a Weston stage amid a flurry of thrilling crime and enticing mystery.

The Classic Thriller Company presents a brand new adaption of the critically-acclaimed play The Case Of The Frightened Lady from Edgar Wallace, the brains behind one of the most iconic films in cinema history, King Kong.

When Inspector Tanner is called to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers nothing is quite as it seems.

The household is controlled by the family doctor, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary, Isla, is afraid for her life.

Wallace was one of the most popular and prolific crime writers of the 20th century and penned more than 150 detective novels throughout his career.

Now one of his most celebrated works will be brought to life on stage.

Eight TV favourites make up the star-studded cast of the show, including familiar faces from The Bill, Only Fools And Horses and Skins.

Coronation Street and Casualty star Gray O’Brien and Doctor Who and EastEnders actress Rula Lenska top the bill, bringing more than 60 years of experience in TV, radio and theatre to the show.

The production is directed by Roy Marsden, who is best known as an actor, particularly in his role as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in ITV’s PD James series, which he filled for 15 years.

This will be Roy’s third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production having previously directed Rehearsal For Murder and A Judgement In Stone.

The play, which was written by Wallace in 1931, has been adapted for the silver screen twice, with films released in 1932 and again in 1940.

The BBC also produced two TV versions in 1938 and in 1983, which starred Warren Clarke and Virginia McKenna.

The Case Of The Frightened Lady will be at The Playhouse Theatre, in High Street, from Monday to February 3.

There will be a 7.30pm show each night and two additional 2.30pm performances on Wednesday and February 3.

Tickets, priced £24.50-29.50, are available from www.theplayhouse.co.uk or 01934 645544.

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