Star-studded cast brings classic murder mystery to the stage at Theatre Royal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 November 2017

Sophie Ward as Eunice Parchman in A Judgment In Stone.

Sophie Ward as Eunice Parchman in A Judgment In Stone.


A star-studded cast will take to the stage in Bath for a performance of a classic 20th century novel.

A Judgment In Stone stars a host of top talent who have starred in some of the most popular TV series of recent times.

Chris Ellison, who has appeared in shows including The Bill, appears as Detective Superintendent Vetch, alongside Sophie Ward and Deborah Grant, who has featured in Bergerac and BBC comedy Not Going Out.

The show has been adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard from Ruth Rendell’s 1977 much-loved book of the same name.

It tells the story of Eunice Parchman, a housekeeper who is struggling to find her place in the world.

When she begins working for a very wealthy family, the long-standing reason for her awkwardness becomes clear and leads to a horrific Valentine’s Day murder.

The show opens with a crime scene set up at Lowfield Hall where police have taped off a door leading to the room where the Coverdales have been discovered shot.

The inspectors guide the audience through their investigation, eventually leading to the uncovering of the truth on the night in question.

Despite the dark narrative, there are plenty of light-hearted moments to keep people entertained thanks to some larger-than-life characters.

Eunice’s determination to remain in the house despite the brutal murder begins to arouse plenty of suspicion, but will the investigation arrive at the correct conclusion?

The show builds on the huge success of producer Bill Kenwright’s hugely successful Agatha Christie Theatre Company by bringing one of Ruth Rendell’s most popular ooks to life.

A Judgment In Stone also stars performances from the likes of Antony Costa, Rosie Thomson, Ben Nealon and Robert Duncan.

The story’s author wrote 80 novels in her distinguished career, winning numerous awards before her death in 2015 and credited for revitalising the mystery genre.

A Judgment In Stone will be at Theatre Royal, in Sawclose, from Monday to November 25.

Tickets, priced £19.50-35.50, are available from

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