The play begins with the backcloth representing a vast Viennese railway station just before the second world war with a realistic representation of train steam and choreographed comings and goings of the thirteen strong cast dressed as passengers, porters, station masters and Nazi officers. with Nazi flags and insignia draped from the roof of the station
There was also a lot of time spent by the passengers looking out of imaginary train windows describing what was happening on the platform which the audience couldn’t see.. Juliet Mills is rarely on stage and if you went to especially to see her, then you’d be disappointed.
When Socialite Iris’ unexpected travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished…
Most of the play is set on the train itself; another feat of excellent set design. The compartments swing on from both wings and the action is pinpointed by the opening and closing of the sliding doors. The dining and luggage cars are simply represented with tables and chairs, holdalls and suitcases .
Building on the phenomenal decade long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quick witted and fun thriller, based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films of all time.
Husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield lead the star cast in the latest installment of the Classic Thriller Theatre Company.
The cast also features Lorna Fitzgerald, fresh from her departure from the role of Abi Branning in BBC’s EastEnders, James Boswell, and Robert Duncan, Drop The Dead Donkey.With this cast, set, lighting and costume design this production is one not to miss, especially if you’re a fan of the good old whodunnit!
Tickets for The Lady Vanishes are on sale for Theatre Card holders and on general sale now and available from the Regent Theatre Box Office counter, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke
Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent
8th-13th April 2019