Reviewed by HW
Last night we visited The Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds to see The Case of the Frightened Lady, a new adaptation by Antony Lampard presented by the Classic Thriller Theatre Company. The Grand is a beautiful traditional theatre with beautiful high ceilings and ornate decor. Set just 10 minutes walking distance from Leeds train station and surrounded by an abundance of restaurants and bars as well as the main shopping district of Leeds, the location is perfect for an evening or day trip put. A well-staffed and friendly team of ushers as well as good attention to detail with jugs of tap iced water readily available on a hot night made a very pleasant and comfortable visit.
A spectacular stage and clever use of lighting allowed the entire play to take place in the now sealed courtyard of a grand stately home. Centred around a yearly celebration at Marks Priory owned by the Lebanon family, the fancy dress is joyful until the party celebrations suddenly turn sour. How will Lady Lebanon (played by Deborah Grant) react to her family name being called into disrepute?
Scotland Yard detectives Chief Superintendent Tanner (Gray O’Brien) and Detective Sergeant Totti (Oliver Phelps) are brought in to solve the case. A real life Cluedo unfolds with clues and twists throughout the production as more drama builds.
Will the house staff (played by Simon Desborough, Callum Coates, Philip Lowrie, Rosie Thomson and Owen Oldroyd) whose presence is always apparent help or hinder the investigation? The play continues threaded with the match making of Lord Lebanon (Ben Nealon) to his cousin Isla (April Pearson) to help keep the family blood line. The added presence of the family physician, Dr Amersham (Denis Lill) adds another suspect into the bag.
Overall a slightly slow start but builds to an exciting conclusion of the story. A well-acted play by all parties in a delightful northern theatre. Worth an evening out!
Tickets cost from £15 to £36 (booking fees may apply).
The Case of the Frightened Lady is at The Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds from 23-28 July 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com or call the box office on 0844 848 2700.
Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ | 0844 848 2700