Bill Kenwright presents the latest instalment in the hugely successful Classic Thriller Theatre Company. ‘Master of Suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, starring husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield.
Celebrated Emmy award-winning actress Juliet Mills’ debut was with her father John Mills in the movie In Which We Serve, aged just 11 weeks! More recently, in ITV’s Wild at Heart, she portrayed Caroline DuPlessis’ sister, played by her real-life sister Hayley. Other screen credits include the lead in US paranormal drama Passions, which ran for eight years. Her major stage debut was in Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise, in which she starred in the West End and on Broadway age 16.
Award-winning Maxwell Caulfield’s numerous big screen and TV roles include starring with Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease 2 and as Miles Colby in the hit American soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys. Maxwell made his Broadway debut in J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and his West End stage debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Maxwell was last on stage in Edinburgh, starring in Singin’ In The Rain at the Festival Theatre in February 2014.
The cast also features Lorna Fitzgerald, fresh from her shock departure from BBC’s EastEnders in the role of Abi Branning, Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downtown Abbey), Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street), and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier).
Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller, based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films of all time.
When Socialite Iris’ unexpected travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished …
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 P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years. But he has also been directing plays since he was 15 years old and had successful West End runs with Noel Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s (under the pen name Mary Westmacott) A Daughter’s a Daughter. This is now Roy’s third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production having previously directed Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone.
This week in the Capital is a must-see show. The Lady Vanishes is at the Kings Theatre until the 23rd of February. With an outstanding cast and a superb performance.
The Lady Vanishes is based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave, which was initially inspired by the psychological suspense novel Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White.
The Lady Vanishes really ticks all the boxes for an entertaining night out. The set design is atmospheric and the actors bring to life the intriguing and dangerous train journey. With swift changes between scenes, it appeared almost effortless.
I was in awe of this superb cast. With Maxwell Caulfield as Dr Hartz, my heart did a flip. Grease 2 is one of my favourite movies. Lorna Fitzgerald (Iris) and Matt Barber (Max) were outstanding, they had a tremendous amount of dialogue to remember and staging. They did it perfectly with not one hitch.
The Lady Vanishes is most definitely a five-star show. If you are in or around Edinburgh this week, book your tickets you won’t be disappointed in this quality performance.
By Kelly Lacey for Love Books Group
The Lady Vanishes
MON 18 FEB TO SAT 23 FEB 2019
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Running time (approx.): 2 hours 1 minutes (including interval)
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