This chiller is not for the faint hearted. If you like your murder mysteries dark and edgy, then you’ve got it with this one.
When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret.
The story is a thriller that revolves around the Lebanon family. Lady Lebanon tells her son, Lord William Lebanon that he must marry his cousin Isla Crane to continue the family line. At the same time, the strange behaviour of two footmen and the family physician add to the mystery surrounding the family and eventually rumour and speculation lead to a murderous conclusion.
Rula Lenska (EastEnders, Rock Follies, Doctor Who), plays Lady Lebanon in the pivotal role around whom everything rotates and gravitates. She is unnervingly gentle and yet has a dark, but engaging evil side to her character. She shows a protective quality that hides her claws whilst manipulating.
Lenska heading the all-star cast, leads by example . All give superb performances.
Gray O’Brien, known for his memorable roles in The Loch, Peak Practice, Casualty and as Tony Gordon in Coronation Street is outstanding as Tanner. He unearths the underlying secrets of the Lebanons in addition to showing the hard work involved a great performance
Denis Lill from long-running drama The Royal and Only Fools and Horses is wonderful as Dr Amersham.
Charlie Clements, who played the much-loved character of Bradley Branning in EastEnders is a brilliant sergeant Totti to Tanner.
April Pearson (Skins) is super cool Isla with understated acting and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) is a cracking Lord Lebanon.
This is a classic thriller with great acting and is not to be missed. Get your tickets for a murder mystery that may well refuse to let you sleep easily when you get home and be prepared for some surprise sound effects that will certainly grab your attention.
The Frightened Lady runs at The Regent Theatre, Monday 19 – Saturday 24 March
Tickets are now available from the Regent Theatre Box Office counter, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting http://www.atgtickets.com/stoke