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Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield to star in The Lady Vanishes at Richmond Theatre and on tour

Maxwell Caulfield

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BILL Kenwright is presenting a UK tour of the Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s latest production – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. Starring husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield, it will open at the Theatre Royal Windsor on January 9, 2019.

This never-before-seen adaption of the Hitchcock classic will then visit Southend, Bath, Clwyd, Guildford, Edinburgh, New Brighton, Blackpool, Richmond (March 11 to March 16), Malvern, Bromley, Chesterfield, Stoke, Inverness and Barnstaple.

When Socialite Iris’ unexpected travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished …

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller based on the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films of all time.

Celebrated Emmy award-winning actress Juliet Mills’ debut was with her father John Mills in the movie In Which We Serve, aged just 11 weeks! More recently, in ITV’s Wild at Heart, she portrayed Caroline DuPlessis’ sister, played by her real-life sister Hayley. Other screen credits include the lead in US paranormal drama Passions, which ran for eight years. Her major stage debut was in Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise, in which she starred in the West End and on Broadway aged 16.

Award-winning Maxwell Caulfield’s numerous big screen and TV roles include starring with Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease 2 and as Miles Colby in the hit American soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys. He made his Broadway debut in J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and his West End stage debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago.

The cast also includes Lorna Fitzgerald, fresh from her shock departure from BBC’s EastEnders in the role of Abi Branning, Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downtown Abbey), Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street), and Ben Nealon (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. But he has also been directing plays since he was 15 years old and 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 now his third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production having previously directed Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone.