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Oliver Phelps & Deborah Grant join The Case of the Frightened Lady cast

Posted on 23 March 2018

Harry Potter star Oliver Phelps is set to make his stage debut this year in The Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of The Case of the Frightened Lady, running at the Belgrade Theatre from 12-16 June. Best known for his role as George Weasley in the phenomenally successful film series, Phelps joins the 2018 touring cast alongside stage and TV veteran Deborah Grant.

Oliver Phelps

Catapulted to worldwide fame at the age of 15, Oliver Phelps first made his name as one of Ron Weasley’s twin brothers in the Harry Potter series, one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. Other credits include the fictionalised Lenny Henry biopic life Danny and the Human Zoo and TV series Kingdom, in which he starred alongside Stephen Fry and Celia Imrie.

As well as appearing in Not Going Out, Bergerac and Roger, Roger for the BBC, Deborah Grant is an experienced stage performer, having begun her career at just four years old. Since then, she’s gone on to perform in numerous West End and national touring productions, including a starring role opposite Michael Crawford in the West End debut of Barnum at the London Palladium.

Deborah Grant

Adapted from the celebrated novel by Edgar Wallace, The Case of the Frightened Lady begins with an investigation into a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family. But when Inspector Tanner is called to the crime scene, he soon discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. The household is controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary Isla is clearly afraid for her life. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret…

The new additions join returning cast members Gray O’Brien, Denis Lill, Philip Lowrie, Ben Nealon, April Pearson and Glenn Carter, as well as Callum Coates, Owen Oldroyd and Rosie Thomson.

Well known to TV audiences for his portrayal of the villainous businessman Tony Gordon in ITV’s Coronation Street and as Dr Richard McCaig in BBC medical drama Casualty, Gray O’Brien has more recently appeared in the ITV crime drama The Loch, which aired earlier this year. Other notable roles include Peak Practice, Taggart and the 2006 film The Queen.

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Denis Lill, who starred as the much-loved character of Mr Rose in the long-running TV series The Royal, has appeared in many popular television series from Z Cars, Doctor Who, Bergerac and Blackadder to the classic British comedy Only Fools and Horses. He also appeared in the 1989 blockbuster movie Batman and the 1996 film adaptation of Evita.

Best known for playing original Coronation Street character Dennis Tanner from 1960-1968 and from 2011-2014, Philip Lowrie has also starred in the television series War & Peace, Rules of Engagement and _Home Fires. _

A stalwart of the Agatha Christie Company and The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Ben Nealon is also known for his role as as Lt Forsythe in the award-winning drama series Soldier Soldier, and for his appearances in The Bill, Casualty, Doctors and EastEnders. He also featured in the Oscar-nominated Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.

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After making her TV debut in Casualty at the age of 9, April Pearson had her first big break as Michelle Richardson in the BAFTA-winning TV drama Skins. Her film debut came just a few years later opposite Alex Pettyfer in Tormented.

Completing the starring line-up is West End leading man Glenn Carter, whose musical credits include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Whistle Down the Wind, Grease and Les Miserables, as well as the London premiere of Jersey Boys, in which he played Tommy DeVito. But perhaps his most memorable performance was as Jesus in the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Jesus Christ Superstar, a role he played in the West End, on Broadway and in the film.

Bill Kenwright’s The Classic Thriller Theatre Company continues the phenomenal success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold approximately two million tickets over a decade of first class productions. The Case of the Frightened Lady is the third show directed by Roy Marsden for the company, following Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone. Earlier directing credits include West End runs of Noël Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s A Daughter’s a Daughter. Marsden is also a prolific actor, known particularly for his role as Adam Dalgliesh in ITV’s P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years.

Author Edgar Wallace is one of the most popular and prolific crime writers of the 20th Century and is the brains behind the iconic film, KING KONG. His extensive bibliography includes over 150 detective novels, and his gripping page-turners are regarded as the bedrock of the modern thriller.

The Case of the Frightened Lady runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 12 until Saturday 16 June. Tickets are available to book now.