ANYONE keen on a whodunnit should think of getting to Malvern’s Festival Theatre towards the middle of February where they will be able to discover the joys of a creepy comedy thriller.

That’s when Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company continues to build on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company.

The company which has brought productions such as Rehearsal For Murder, Judgement in Stone, The Case of the Frightened Lady and The Lady Vanishes to stages around the country, returns to the county with their latest chilling mystery, The Cat and the Canary.

This new adaptation of the murder-mystery by John Willard, which inspired three classic movies starring the likes of Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Fox, Honor Blackman and Olivia Hussey, has just embarked on a nationwide tour.

Heading the cast of The Cat and the Canary 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 stars alongside Mark Jordon, who played the much-loved 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 Peake in Coronation Street.

They are joined by West End leading lady Marti Webb, whose credits include Evita and Tell Me On A Sunday.

She;s joined by 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, and Nikki Patel, known as Amber Kalirai in Coronation Street.

Also in the cast is Eric Carte, who played Geoff Roberts in two series of Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

Twenty years after the death of Mr West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels.

When the heir is revealed, the heritage hunters turn into prey and a chain of macabre events is set in motion; walls crack open, shadows loom and dark secrets are revealed.

Will the heirs dare to face the haunting presence toying with them? When the cat prowls, the flock takes fright…

The Cat and the Canary is at Malvern rom Monday, February 17 to Saturday, February 22 and tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 or online at