04:11PM, Thursday 29 August 2019
On a train bound from Austria to Switzerland just before the start of World War Two, young socialite, Iris Henderson meets little old lady, Miss Froy, who then suddenly disappears and the existence of the said little old lady is denied by fellow passengers. This is the somewhat bonkers plot of this adaptation of the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.
Dated, full of clichés, stereotypes and not quite sure if it’s a thriller or a comedy, ‘The Lady Vanishes’ takes time to get going and trundles along until the interval then picks up steam in the second half as it careers down the line to denouement station.
Despite some occasional first night nerves and a couple of tech issues threatening to derail the production, the play kept on track and proved a fun journey with both the actors and audience, including Bill Kenwright himself, enjoying the ride.
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