Take a classic thriller written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, the film version having been directed by Alfred Hitchcock, add a stellar cast and one of the most atmospheric sets I’ve seen in a long time – what do you get? A flawless production of The Lady Vanishes.
The Lady Vanishes, but audiences won’t as a stage version of Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved thriller comes to the King’s as part of its UK tour.
I had only been watching The Case of The Frightened Lady for just a few minutes when I scribbled in my notebook “sociopath” and “misdirection”. And that just about tells you everything you need to know about this quaint, old-fashioned whodunit which is strictly for fans of the genre.
Reliable performances by a host of crowd-pleasing big TV names cannot quite redeem the disappointing script of The Case of the Frightened Lady.
A Judgement in Stone is a classic thriller adapted from the novel by celebrated crime write, Ruth Rendell. The play is set in the 1970s and focuses on the barriers and social structures of the English class system. The social obsessions and tensions this system brings are bought starkly to life.
There’s been a murder. Well, four murders actually. The Coverdale family, a blended bunch consisting of mum Jacquie, dad George and ‘steps’ Giles and Melinda, have been blasted to oblivion.
Accomplished: Efficiently staged, well acted and cleverly paced, Rehearsal for Murder has everything you would want from a large-scale touring production.
The plot here reverts to something closer to the celebrated original book – whose first title was too contentious even to be used on the first US edition and has since been quietly dropped – compared to the dramatisation Christie herself originally produced.