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REVIEW: Murder mystery offers plenty of thrills

The Case of the Frightened Lady (3350867)
The Case of the Frightened Lady (3350867)

'Someone's listening' is the oft-whispered line in this edge-of-your-seat murder mystery.

Paranoia, repression and dark family secrets echo through Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady with the occasional heart-thumping burst of thunder, a piercing scream and a fatal gun shot.

Deftly staged by The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Inspector Tanner (Gray O'Brien) is called to investigate a murder at Mark’s Priory, the cavernous estate of the Lebanon family.

He is faced with eaves-dropping servants, red-herrings and manipulative matriarch Lady Lebanon (Deborah Grant) who is obsessed with her family's lineage.

With the occasional cheeky wink at the audience, the wily production fires off a few rounds of laughter as it ratchets up the mystery to the thrilling conclusion.

The thrills came not just from the show but seeing it enjoyed by a virtually packed house at Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal with these annual murder mystery productions often proving popular.

It runs until Saturday, August 4.

Visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-case-of-the-frightened-lady

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