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John Partridge leads the cast of The Case Of The Frightened Lady at Richmond Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

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. Written by Edgar Wallace and starring John Partridge, it will visit Richmond Theatre from November 12 to November 17, 2018.

Inspector Tanner is 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…

John Partridge, who is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders, leads a star cast in the role of Inspector Tanner. One of musical theatre’s most respected leading men, Partridge has starred in major West End musicals such as Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago as well as the UK tour of Bill Kenwright’s recent lavish production of La Cage Aux Folles. He will also take part in the upcoming BBC series of Celebrity MasterChef.

He will be joined in The Case Of The Frightened Lady by Deborah Grant, whose credits include Not Going Out and Bergerac; Robert Duncan, best known for Drop The Dead Donkey; Phillip Lowrie, best known for playing Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street; Scarlett Archer from Emmerdale; and Matt Barber from Downton Abbey.

Completing the cast will be Angus Brown, Gwynfor Jones, Rosie Thomson and Joshua Wichard.

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.

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 his third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production, following Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone.

The autumn tour of this spine-chilling murder mystery opens at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge on September 3, 2018, before continuing to Torquay, Derby, Inverness, Glasgow, Worthing, Litchfield, Buxton, Portsmouth, Dartford and Richmond.