A Judgement in Stone, Belgrade Theatre, until Sept 23
Simon Brett and Anthony Lampard’s adaptation of this Ruth Rendell classic, A Judgement in Stone, will definitely keep you on your toes.
With an amazing all-star cast this murder mystery keeps you guessing the whole way.
The curtain opens to an impressive mansion set, the eerie music starts as the spotlights illuminates the figure of Mrs Parchman (Sophie Ward) . The tension was palpable. Detective Sergeant Vetch (played by Chris Ellison) continues the disturbing scene by describing the gruesome murder of the Coverdale family.
The spine-tingling atmosphere continued throughout the entire performance and had the audience hooked and on the edge of their seats.
Through flashbacks we are introduced to the colourful characters of the Coverdale family: an over-enthusiastic mother (played by Rosie Thomson), an introverted bookworm step-son ( Joshua price), a promiscuous daughter (Pamela Dwyer) and a pompous father (Robert Duncan).
This seemingly perfect and wealthy family were well liked within the village and are even described as “do gooders”.
So who could have possibly had motive enough to kill them? In a grand mansion in a calm, small village where everyone knows everyone else’s business the suspects are limited.
Could it have been the new maid with a secret to hide? The old maid who holds clear contempt for her wealthy employers? The flirtatious and arrogant gardener with a criminal past? The flamboyant busybody who works at the post office? Or … someone else?
A Judgement in Stone is a real Cluedo on stage. The clever crossover between present police interviews and flashbacks precariously reveals hidden secrets, twists, turns and, more importantly, motives to kill.
This classic murder mystery tale will definitely spice up your autumn nights.
Pictures: Mark Yeoman