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All-Star thriller play arrives at Theatre Royal

The Case of the Frightened Lady. Picture: Pamela Raith.
The Case of the Frightened Lady. Picture: Pamela Raith.

For all the thrill-seekers among you, The Case of the Frightened Lady is set to serve up a mesmerising murder mystery at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

The play, an adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story, kicks off a week-long stint on Monday, with performances until August 4.

A production by Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company, the all-star cast includes Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street), Denis Lill (The Royal), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley in Harry Potter) and Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street).

An inspector is called in to investigate a murder at the grand home of the Lebanon family but he quickly discovers nothing is as it seems and uncovers a shocking secret.

And, as in many murder mysteries, a butler features, in this case played by veteran actor Philip Lowrie.

Philip said: “It all takes place in the early 1930s. I play a butler and it’s the first time I’ve played a butler in my 64-year acting career.

“In drama school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, while I was there in 1954 they taught us to be a butler – and this is the first time I’m using it.”

Philip, who said he was last in Bury 30 years ago, has been touring with the play since June, but added that there would be a change of cast next month.

The actor boasts an illustrious career, including being one of the original cast members of Coronation Street playing Dennis Tanner, who appeared in the very first episode in 1960 and then returned in 2011 before leaving again in 2014. He holds the record for the longest time between appearances in a soap – 43 years.

For tickets, go to www.theatreroyal.org .

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