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Classic Thriller By The Theatre Company Of The Same Name
A classic movie thriller is being brought to the live stage in the capable hands of an all-star cast that promises to keep audiences on the very edge of their collective seats. The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents The Lady Vanishes, described as a quick-witted, devilishly fun thriller, which has been based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films ever. Adapted by Antony Lampard and directed by Roy Marsden, The Lady Vanishes is currently enjoying a UK tour which will see it arrive at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire from June 17 to 22.

The Lady Vanishes
The cast of The Lady Vanishes. Credit Paul Coltas


The Lady Vanishes, which stars real life husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield, is a mystery thriller in the true crime tradition. When Socialite Iris' travelling companion suddenly disappears, she is bewildered to find that all her fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective and, together, they try to solve the perplexing mystery of why the lady vanished. Celebrated actors Juliet and Maxwell lead a star-studded cast in the latest instalment from the Classic Theatre Thriller Company, who are building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company.

The Lady Vanishes, Maxwell Caulfield, Juliet Mills
Maxwell Caulfield as Dr Hartz and Juliet Mills as Ms Froy. Credit Paul Coltas


Emmy award-winning actress Juliet Mills made her screen debut at the age of just 11 weeks, in the film In Which We Serve which starred her father John Mills. She went on to make her major stage debut aged 16 in Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, in both the West End and on Broadway. In more recent time she played Caroline DuPlessis' sister on ITV's Wild at Heart, played by her actual sister Hayley. Other screen credits include the lead in US paranormal drama Passions, in which she starred for eight years. Award-winning Maxwell Caulfield's numerous big screen and television roles include Grease 2 alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and as Miles Colby in the hit American soap Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys. Maxwell made his Broadway debut in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls, while his West End debut was as Billy Flynn in hit musical Chicago.

Lorna Fitzgerald, Matt Barber, The Lady Vanishes
Lorna Fitzgerald (Iris) and Matt Barber (Max) in The Lady Vanishes. Credit Paul Coltas


The cast also features Lorna Fitzgerald, fresh from her shock departure as Abi Branning in BBC's EastEnders, Matt Barber, who played Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey, Robert Duncan, from Drop The Dead Donkey, Philip Lowrie, whose roles included Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street; and Ben Nealon, from Soldier Soldier. The Lady Vanishes can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from Monday 17 June to Saturday 22 June. Tickets priced from 24 can be obtained by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the theatre Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? See A Star-Studded Cast In Classic Mystery Thriller
When: June 17 - 22
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets from 24
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