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Former Bond girl stars in creepy thriller
The star-studded creepy comedy thriller The Cat and the Canary is on its way to The Alexandra theatre in Birmingham.

The Cat and the Canary, The Alexandra Birmingham, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Britt Ekland, Tracy Shaw, Gary Webster, Antony Costa, Marti Webb
Stars: Gary Webster and Tracy Shaw in The Cat and the Canary (pic: Paul Coltas)


Playing at the city centre venue from October 4 9, 2021, the production stars former Bond girl Britt Ekland, ex-Coronation Street favourite Tracy Shaw, West End leading lady Marti Webb, pop group Blue member Antony Costa and Gary Webster from TV's Minder.

They are joined by Ben Nealon, who played Lt Forsythe in the drama series Soldier Soldier, and Eric Carte, who played Geoff Roberts in two series of Bouquet of Barbed Wire. The cast is completed by Priyasasha Kumari, Martin Carroll, Jack Taylor and Clara Darcy.

The Cat and the Canary, The Alexandra Birmingham, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Britt Ekland, Tracy Shaw, Gary Webster, Antony Costa, Marti Webb
Confrontation: Gary Webster and Ben Nealon (pic: Paul Coltas)


Six distant relatives of eccentric Cyrus West, who died 20 years previously, meet for the reading of his will, eager to discover who will inherit his fortune. Within moments, the heritage hunters turn into prey. Walls crack open, shadows loom and dark secrets are revealed. Into the mix is added a homicidal maniac known as The Cat, a stormy night and a haunted house. The result is a fun night out for all!

The Cat and the Canary, The Alexandra Birmingham, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Britt Ekland, Tracy Shaw, Gary Webster, Antony Costa, Marti Webb
Mystery: Tracy Shaw in The Cat and the Canary (pic: Paul Coltas)


Directed by Roy 'Inspector Dalgliesh' Marsden, The Cat and the Canary is the latest offering from Bill Kenwright's Classic Thriller Theatre Company, whose past hits include Rehearsal for Murder, Judgement in Stone, The Case of the Frightened Lady and The Lady Vanishes.

John Willard's 1922 black comedy has inspired three classic movies starring the likes of Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Fox, Honor Blackman and Olivia Hussey. The new stage version was adapted by Carl Grose.

The Cat and the Canary, The Alexandra Birmingham, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Britt Ekland, Tracy Shaw, Gary Webster, Antony Costa, Marti Webb
Venue: The Alexandra, Birmingham
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Why? Star-studded cast in creepy thriller
When: October 4 - 9, 2021
Phone: 0844 871 7615
Where: The Alexandra, Birmingham
Cost: From 13 plus fees
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