Murder mysteries and whodunits are always a crowd-pleaser. Opening tomorrow night at New Theatre, Cardiff is Edgar Wallace’s The Case of the Frightened Lady featuring an all-star ensemble of TV favourites.
One of the most popular and prolific crime writers of the 20th Century, Wallace was 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.
The cast is led by Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty) and Rula Lenska (Rock Follies, Doctor Who, EastEnders).
They are joined by Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses), Charlie Clements (EastEnders), Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street), April Pearson (Skins), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and West End theatre star Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar).
Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, and 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.
Gray O’Brien is best known to TV audiences for his portrayal of the villainous businessman Tony Gordon in ITV’s Coronation Street and as Dr. Richard McCaig on the BBC medical drama Casualty.
With a career spanning more than 40 years across film, radio and stage, Rula Lenska is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses.
Her big break came in 1976 appearing in Rock Follies. Since then she has starred in countless TV series including the iconic Doctor Who, Minder, One Foot in the Grave and Take a Letter Mr Jones as well as EastEnders and Coronation Street.
Denis Lill who starred as the much-loved character of Mr Rose in the long-running TV series The Royal has appeared in many popular television series from Z Cars, Doctor Who, Bergerac and Blackadder to the classic British comedy Only Fools and Horses.
Charlie Clements captured the nation’s heart as Bradley Branning in EastEnders, a role that won him many soap and television awards.
Joining them is Philip Lowrie, best known for playing one of the original characters, Dennis Tanner, in Coronation Street.
Ben Nealon is an Agatha Christie Company and Classic Thriller Company stalwart. On television Ben is best known as Lt Forsythe in the popular ITV award-winning drama series Soldier Soldier.
Directed by former actor Roy Marsden (PD James’s Adam Dalgliesh), The Case of the Frightened Lady is touring the UK until October.
Remaining tour dates
5 – 10 Mar Cardiff, New Theatre
12 – 17 Mar Barnstaple Queens Theatre
19 – 24 Mar Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre
26 – 31 Mar Edinburgh, Kings Theatre
3 – 7 Apr Woking, New Victoria Theatre
21 – 26 May Milton Keynes Theatre
11 – 16 Jun Coventry, Belgrade Theatre
18 – 23 Jun Southend Palace Theatre
2 – 8 Jul Swansea Grand Theatre
23 – 28 Jul Leeds Grand Theatre
30 Jul – 4 Aug Bury St Edmonds, Theatre Royal
2 – 6 Oct Glasgow, Theatre Royal