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Main House Britt Ekland, Marti Webb, Tracy Shaw, Gary Webster

The Cat and The Canary

by John Willard, directed by Roy Marsden
  • 24 - 29 February
The Cat and The Canary

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Performed from Mon 24 — Sat 29 Feb

Twenty years after the death of a rich eccentric, his descendants gather at his remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast fortune and hidden jewels. At midnight on a dark and stormy night, the old family lawyer opens the will.

The heir is named with the stipulation that they can only inherit if proved to be of sound mind – but spending the night in this terrifying place is enough to turn anyone insane…

Following the success of Rehearsal For Murder and The Lady Vanishes, The Classic Thriller Company returns with this creepy comedy thriller from 1922 by John Willard.

Heading the cast is silver screen and Bond-girl legend Britt Ekland, whose numerous films include The Man with The Golden Gun with Roger Moore, The Wicker Man with Christopher Lee, and Get Carter with Michael Caine.

Britt Ekland stars alongside Mark Jordon, who played PC Phil Bellamy in Heartbeat for over 16 years and more recently Daz Spencer in Emmerdale, and Tracy Shaw, best known for her long-running role as Maxine Peacock in Coronation Street. They are joined by West End leading lady Marti Webb, whose credits include Evita and Tell Me On A Sunday; Gary Webster, who played Gary Costello in Family Affairs and Ray Daley opposite George Cole in ITV’s Minder; Classic Thriller Theatre Company veteran Ben Nealon, who played Lt. Forsythe in the drama series Soldier Soldier,  Nikki Patel, known as Amber Kalirai in Coronation Street, and Eric Carte, who played Geoff Roberts in two series of Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

The cast is completed by Joe ReisigJack Taylor and Briony Rawle.

“Gripping, intriguing and quick-witted” The Bath Magazine

“As tightly-paced and wistfully cinematic as Hitchcock’s serpentine original, this new adaptation hits all the marks and then some” Swindon Advertiser

“Roy Marsden’s strong direction creates a rare gem of a comedy thriller which ticks all the right boxes” Bath Chronicle

(Reviews from The Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s 2019 production of The Lady Vanishes )

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £24 – £38.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Bill Kenwright presents The Classic Thriller Theatre Company

by John Willard, directed by Roy Marsden

Ray Marsden is best known for his portrayal of Inspector Adam Dalgliesh in the television dramatisations of P. D. James’s detective novels.

Box Office phonelines are currently open from 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2 building levy.

Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

Standby tickets and standing spaces are currently unavailable

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here