13-18 February 2017
Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre has the most amazing atmosphere, it is like family coming together to see their favourite show. Everyone is extremely welcoming; but after experiencing many different types of shows at this theatre, this has been my favourite, the drama oozed from the stage engulfing the audience as they sat transfixed as the plot unravelled.
When Eunice Parchman is offered the job of housekeeper at the Suffolk country home of the Coverdale family, it is a clash of two worlds. The Coverdale’s are firmly upper middle class, while the reserved Eunice is old-school working class. Eunice struggles to fit in; she is awkward and has a deep buried secret, that leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day.
The star cast includes award winning TV and stage favourite Andrew Lancel (Vetch), best known for his portrayal as villainous businessman Frank Foster in Coronation Street and for the role of DI Neil Manson in The Bill. He is joined by Sophie Ward (Eunice), who starred in Young Sherlock Holmes and in the TV series Heartbeat. Pop-idol Mark Wynter (Coverdale) who had nine top 20 singles and has featured in seven Agatha Christie Company productions. Deborah Grant (Joan Smith) has starred in Bergerac and Not Going Out, series. Shirley Anne Field (Eva Baalham) shot to fame in films The Entertainer and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Anthony Costa (Meadows) was in chart topping boy band Blue; and another Agatha Christie company steadfast Ben Nealon (Challoner) who is also known for his part in ITV’s drama Soldier Soldier.
The opening scene is in the Coverdale’s home and the detectives are questioning Eunice about the murders. The scenes revert between the inquiry and the lead up to the murder and why it happened. I enjoyed the way that they moved between the present and the past storylines, building suspense and intrigue.
What a wonderful cast, each played their roles magnificently, I soon forgot where they had come from, or what they had done previously as they became their character. Tonight, I had stars in my eyes!
Tickets cost from £16 to £31.50 (booking fees may apply).
A Judgement in Stone is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until 18 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000