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Edgar Wallace's classic murder mystery heads to live stage
A star-studded cast has been lined up to bring a spine-chilling murder mystery to the live stage. Following the success of its premiere in January 2018, a brand new cast has been announced for the autumn tour of The Classic Thriller Company's The Case of the Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace. And audiences in Staffordshire will be able to see The Case of the Frightened Lady when it arrives at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from Monday 15 October to Saturday 20 October. The cast is led by the talented stage and television actor John Partridge who is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders. John, who takes on the lead role of Inspector Tanner, is celebrated as one of musical theatre's most respected leading men, having starred in major West End hit musicals such as Cats, Starlight Express, Chicago and in Bill Kenwright's recent lavish musical production of La Cage Aux Folles.

The Case of the Frightened Lady
The Case of the Frightened Lady comes to the Lichfield Garrick in October

He will be joined by Deborah Grant, who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac, Robert Duncan, who is best known for Drop The Dead Donkey, Phillip Lowrie, who plays Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street, Scarlett Archer from Emmerdale, and Matt Barber from Downton Abbey. Angus Brown, Gwynfor Jones, Rosie Thomson and Joshua Wichard complete the cast for the autumn 2018 tour of The Case of the Frightened Lady.

The story sees Inspector Tanner called to investigate a ruthless murder at the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family. Navigating a bloodline obsessed patriarch, a groundskeeper with a grudge and two unsettling footmen, Inspector Tanner discovers nothing is quite as it seems. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely-guarded secret.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, which sold over two million tickets around the UK, the Classic Thriller Company has produced hits including adaptations from Ruth Rendell and Levison & Link, the writers of Murder She Wrote. Now they bring to the stage a new thrilling chapter from the legendary "King of the detective thriller", Edgar Wallace.

Lichfield Garrick
A spine-chilling murder mystery comes to the Garrick theatre

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.

The Case of the Frightened Lady
A star-studded cast has been lined up

The Case of the Frightened Lady is playing at the Lichfield Garrick from Monday 15 October to Saturday 20 October with a variety of evening and matinee performances. Tickets start from 24 and can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Classic Murder Mystery Has Star Cast
When: 15 to 20 October
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets from 24
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