Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
Following the success of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, this is a new and exciting chapter from Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company, they return with a brand-new adaption from the legendary Edgar Wallace (the brain behind one of the most iconic films of all time, King Kong); The Case of the Frightened Lady.
Featuring many well recognised names from TV:
GRAY O’BRIEN (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty) – Chief Superintendent Tanner
RULA LENSKA (Rock Follies, Doctor Who, EastEnders) – Lady Lebanon
DENIS LILL (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses) – Dr Amersham
CHARLIE CLEMENTS (EastEnders) – Detective Sergeant Totti
PHILIP LOWRIE (Coronation Street) – Kelver
APRIL PEARSON (Skins) – Isla Crane
BEN NEALON (Soldier Soldier) – Lord Lebanon
GLENN CARTER (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Gilder
The play opens in the large baronial hall of the ancestral home of the Lebanon family, with a fancy-dress party in full swing. Everyone seems to be having a good time, even Lord Lebanon who is constantly throwing about jibing remarks at his mother, who is determined to keep the family tradition alive. The festivities were interrupted by an earth shattering scream!
With everyone becoming under suspicion, Inspector Tanner and his side kick, Tottie come to investigate the murder, which become two. He quickly discovers that nothing and no one is quite as it seems, with the household being controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests, and the secretary is afraid for her life. The closer he gets to the heart of the mystery he uncovers shocking and closely guarded secrets.
The performance reminded me of theatre of old, where you went to lose yourself in a story, try and figure out who did it, and learn all the dark secrets of the manor. The acting was superb; their characters came alive. The audience was very appreciative as they watched intently. We became an onlooker into the ways of their lives, the way that the footmen crept about, the feeling of dislike towards the physician; brought the story more to life for us. We really enjoyed this play!
Tickets cost from £19 to £32.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Case of the Frightened Lady is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 26-31 March 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.capitaltheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000