Review: Ruth Rendell’s ‘A Judgement in Stone’ at Buxton Opera House | 13th – 18th March

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Ruth Rendell's 'A Judgement in Stone'
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If like me you enjoy a really good thriller then book your tickets now at Buxton Opera House, believe me you will not be disappointed …

The play is set in 1978 at George & Jacqueline Coverdale’s house, Lowfield Hall where all the action takes place.

George played by Mark Wynter (remember Mark in the 1960’s with his hit ‘Venus in Blue Jeans’?) is now an accomplished stage actor, his performance tonight was polished and totally credible.

His wife Jacqueline was played by Rosie Thomson with an abundance of her character’s enthusiastic upper class energy.

I particularly enjoyed Andrew Lancel’s performance (best known as the villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street) as the Met’s Detective Superintendent Vetch and he was every inch the investigative copper, with the perfect mannerisms and body language. His side kick D S Challoner played by Ben Nealon as the country copper perfectly complimented Andrew’s character.

The eccentric ‘loose cannon’ Joan Smith played with great energy by Deborah Grant injected a powerful religious menace to the plot.

The 1970’s stage set was excellent with good lighting effects throughout to set the mood. Coupled with perfect diction you could hear every word from the superb cast (no ‘mumbleitis’ here, leave that to the tele).

A brilliant supporting cast and it was nice to see Shirley Anne Field on the Opera House stage after many years when she played in Panto at Buxton.

All in all a jolly good murder mystery which will keep your attention throughout this extremely professional production.

What better way to spend an evening than in our beautiful Opera House watching live theatre at its best, enjoy!

Let us know what you think when you’ve seen it 🙂

P.S. Programmes are on sale at all performances for only £2.50 and they are very good value.


by Christine Francis