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The Cat and the Canary at Malvern Theatres

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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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Famous Faces Including Britt Ekland In Crime Thriller
Featuring a cast of well-known faces from TV and film, The Classic Thriller Company is back with a cosy murder mystery for a winter's night.

The cat and the Canary, classic thriller company, UK tour, Malvern Theatres
The suspects gather in this thriller


The Cat and the Canary is baffling audiences with creepy goings-on and red herrings at Malvern Theatres for a week until February 22.

Headlining is former Bond girl Britt Ekland, still beguiling but much older than her glory days in The Man with the Golden Gun and The Wicker Man. There's also the distinguished stage talent of Marti Webb of Evita fame.

Providing the glamour now is former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw, who is joined by a range of sitcom stars like Gary Webster from Minder, Mark Jordon from Emmerdale, Eric Carte of Bouquet of Barbed Wire and regular with the Theatre Company, Ben Nealon from Soldier Soldier.

The cat and the Canary, classic thriller company, UK tour, Malvern Theatres
Britt Ekland and Tracy Shaw in The Cat And The Canary


The Classic Thriller Company started off with a decade of success as The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, visiting Malvern many times, before changing its name when it moved on to mysteries beyond those written by the "Queen of Crime".

Looking now to other novels and films, this time around it's taken inspiration from old movies that starred Bob Hope and Honor Blackman.

The scene is set in a grand old remote mansion as descendants of the deceased Mr West gather 20 years after his death to find out their inheritance.

The cat and the Canary, classic thriller company, UK tour, Malvern Theatres
Gary Webster of Minder fame stars in the play


There's hidden family jewels and a series of macabre events when the heir is revealed. Get ready for walls cracking open, shadows looming and dark secrets being revealed.

If you enjoy a crime thriller, there's a welcome familiarity about this theatre company's murder mysteries.

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Why? Enjoy a murder mystery on cold winter night
When: Until 22 February, 2020
Phone: 01684 892277
Where: Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern
Cost: From 26
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