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The Case of the Frightened Lady at Theatre Royal Glasgow

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Vintage Murder Mystery On Tour
In terms of murder mysteries, the Classic Thriller Theatre Company is building up quite a reputation for itself and now heads to Glasgow with a thriller by renowned crime writer Edgar Wallace.

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A cast of well known faces from TV


The Case of the Frightened Lady is a quaint old-fashioned whodunnit set in the 1930's with the glamour and costumes that come with that decade.

It opens at Glasgow's Theatre Royal on 2 October and stays there until 6 October.

There's a cast of well-known faces led by former EastEnders actor John Partridge. He is playing Inspector Tanner who is sent to uncover a murderer as the body count rises.

The cast has changed during the tour and, in Glasgow, it will include an excellent Deborah Grant from Not Going Out as the domineering mother and Phillip Lowrie, best known for playing Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street. There is also Scarlett Archer from Emmerdale, Matt Barber from Downton Abbey and Robert Duncan, best known for Drop The Dead Donkey.

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Grand scenery in the production, which toured with a different cast earlier this year.


Although the company's origins were as The Agatha Christie Company, it changed its name and has been touring since with successful crowd-pleasers including Ruth Rendell's A Judgement in Stone and Rehearsal For Murder in recent years.

I caught this latest murder mystery early on during the tour at Malvern Theatres and it's got plenty to please those who love nothing more than to settle down for an episode of Lewis or Poirot on TV.

The scenery impresses even though there is just the one set of a great hall in a stately home. Through two and a quarter hours, the action follows the well-known formula of various suspects gathering under the scrutiny of Chief Supt Tanner and his Detective Sergeant Edward Totti following a murder.

With eccentric characters and mysterious, sometimes comical, developments taking place, it's sure to pull in the crowds for those wanting an easy piece of escapism.
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Why? See a murder mystery on tour
When: October 2 - 6
Phone: 0844 871 7647
Where: Glasgow Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA Scotland
Cost: From 14.90
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