Murderous secret set to entertain theatre audiences this week in Bath
PUBLISHED: 07:51 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:05 21 November 2017
A play inspired by one of the country's best-loved crime writers is being performed in Bath this week.
A Judgement In Stone will be staged at the Theatre Royal until Saturday evening and a lifetime of deceit and lies is set to unravel before the audience’s very eyes.
The story was written by Ruth Rendell and has been adapted for the stage by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard.
Sophie Ward (Heartbeat) will play the lead role as Eunice Parchman – a woman who struggles to fit in socially, but managed to land herself a job as a housekeeper with a wealthy family.
The catalyst for her awkwardness though is a very sinister secret which involves a cold-blooded murder.
The tensions builds and builds and explodes with shocking revelations aplenty at the end of the show.
A number of famous faces will be appearing in the production, including Chris Ellison (The Bill) as Detective Superintendent Vetch, Deborah Grant (Not Going Out) as Joan Smith and former Blue singer Antony Costa.
Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey) and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) also star.
Rendell’s ability as a crime writer was second to none.
She had a 50-year writing career and is best known for her Inspector Wexford mystery novels series.
Her fans are not just bookworms however, as A Judgement In Stone has also been turned into a film twice over the years.
Rendell died in May 2015, four months after suffering a stroke.
A Judgement In Stone began its week-long run in Bath on Monday night and it will continue to be performed every night until Saturday.
The show will take place every night at 8pm, apart from tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) when it will begin at 7.30pm.
There will also be a matinee performance held on Saturday, which is due to begin at 2.30pm.
Tickets, priced £19.50-35.50 plus booking fee, are available on the venue’s website at www.theatreroyal.org.uk or by calling 01225 448844.