TV stars at Windsor Theatre Royal

PUBLISHED: 12:23 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:23 19 September 2014




Three TV favourites lead the cast of new spine-tingler The Small Hand, coming to the Theatre Royal from 7 to 18 October.

This thriller adapted by Clive Francis from the novel by ‘Woman in Black’ author Susan Hill, sees Andrew Lancel, best known for his role Coronation Street as evil businessman Frank Foster lead the cast. Alongside him is Diane Keen, who starred in the late 70s sitcoms The Cuckoo Waltz and Rings On Their Fingers, and can also boast Minder, Taggart, The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Professionals amongst many other TV hits. Until 2012, she was best known for her role in BBC daytime soap Doctors, playing practice manager Julia Parsons.

They are joined by Robert Duncan, who was the jargon-spouting chief executive Gus in 1990s newsroom sitcom Drop The Dead Donkey. He has played in theatres the length and breadth of the country, with leading roles including Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre and Frank in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita.

Director Roy Marsden is best known as an actor, particularly in his role as Adam Dalgliesh in Anglia TV’s P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years. But he has also been directing plays since he was 15 years old and had two successful West End runs with Volcano and A Daughter’s A Daughter.

Clive Francis, who adapted the play from Susan’s novel, is also an author, caricaturist, book illustrator and actor and appeared in the Stanley Kubrick film Clockwork Orange as well as the TV series Yes, Prime The Small Hand tells the story of art dealer Adam Snow who accidently comes across a derelict Edwardian house after taking a wrong turn. Curiosity gets the better of him and he approaches the front door to take a closer look, but is hit with a chilling sensation as he feels a small cold hand reach for his own. Over the coming weeks, Snow suffers recurring nightmares and panic attacks and tries to find out more about the house and its occupants, while the small hand continues to reach out for him...


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