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Lady Vanishes, The

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A new adaptation of the much-loved film - directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. Read more …

Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of urbane musician Max she turns detective and together they become drawn into a complex web of European intrigue as they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.

A quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller, the 1939 classic film is ranked as one of the best British films of all time. This early masterpiece from Hitchcock - the ‘Master of Suspense’ – is brought to life in a new adaptation from the masters of the stage thriller. 


The critical consensus

The Classic Thriller Theatre Company doesn’t pretend to reinvent the wheel with this staged version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 The Lady Vanishes, but it delivers just what its name suggests, a classic thriller play.

***(*)(*)Erin Roche, Edinburgh Guide, 20/02/2019

The tone is light, the action pacy and the performances choreographed to a delightful tee – Matt Barber in particular eking out farce where none should be. But the staging and direction, like the story and the structure, are solid but unremarkable. Vanishing from memory as quickly as Miss Froy.

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 19/02/2019

By the end of the evening audience members were oohing at the twists and aahing at the romance of a delightful romp that isn’t so much old fashioned as timeless. As train tickets go, this one is well worth the money.

****(*)Martin Gray, All Edinburgh Theatre, 19/02/2019

The problem is that it never manages to illicit the sort of response that is the mark of a classic thriller.

**(*)(*)(*)Tom Ralphs, The Reviews Hub, 20/02/2019

The 12-strong cast deliver the story with spirit and verve.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 22/02/2019

If you’re looking for a couple of hours of escapist mini-thrills, reasonably amusing jokes and well-polished acting, go and see The Lady Vanishes.

***(*)(*)Rosemary Kaye, The Edinburgh Reporter, 22/02/2019

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Monday February 18, 2019, until Saturday February 23, 2019. More info: http://www.edtheatres.com/kings

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