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Gwen Taylor reunites with Andrew Lancel in the extended tour of The Lady Vanishes

Casting news

AFTER the hugely successful first tour of The Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, the enjoyable adaptation is extending into Autumn 2019, with a new cast.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quick-witted, devilishly fun filled thriller – based on the Hitchcock classic, ranked one of the Best British Films of all time.

The cast is led by BAFTA-nominated actress Gwen Taylor, who for decades was one of Britain’s most celebrated TV stars, including her role as Anne Foster in Coronation Street. Her other screen credits include the title role in ITV’s Barbara, Duty Free, A Bit of a Do and Heartbeat.

Joining her is her Coronation Street son and ‘Villain of the Year Award’ winner Andrew Lancel, whose theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men, The Small Hand and Cilla the Musical.

The Lady Vanishes will also feature Denis Lill, star of the highly acclaimed TV drama The Royal and Alan Parry in Only Fools and Horses; Call the Midwife actress Scarlett Archer; Mark Wynter, English actor and former singer, who had four Top 20 singles in the 1960s, including Venus in Blue Jeans and Go Away Little Girl; Nicholas Audsley, best known as the Duke of Monmouth in the hit TV series Victoria and Ben Nealon who’s credits include Soldier Soldier.

The production is directed by Roy Marsden who is best known as an actor, particularly in his role as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in ITV’s P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years. He has had successful West End runs with Noel Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s (under the pen name Mary Westmacott) A Daughter’s a Daughter. This is Marsden’s third Classic Thriller Theatre Company production, having previously directed Rehearsal For Murder and A Judgement In Stone.

The tour kicks off at Windsor Theatre Royal on August 26 before continuing to Swindon, Weston-Super-Mare, Bury St Edmonds, Coventry, Derby, Darlington, Horsham, Exeter, Brighton, Yeoville, Torquay and Croydon (November 25 – 30).