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Brother Cadfael in new mystery

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

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A STUNNING new production of a medieval drama is touring the nation for the first time, bringing an adaptation of a much-loved character to Buxton Opera House for the first time.

Medieval sleuth, Brother Cadfael has been among literature’s most beloved characters since 1977 and the television adaptation of the best-selling series of novels graced our screens with the character brought to life by the great actor Derek Jacobi.

Now, the story has been adapted again, this time for the stage. And the first tour of the new show, Cadfael - The Virgin In The Ice, stops off at Buxton from Tuesday, May 7.

Set in the winter of 1139, The Virgin In the Ice centres on the kind-hearted Medieval sleuth, Brother Cadfael embarks on a dangerous quest to track down three refugees who have fled north from Worcester where the raging civil war is forcing scores of people to leave their homes.

An orphaned boy, his beautiful teenage sister and a young nun seem to have disappeared somewhere in the wild winter landscape of frost and snow.

Brother Cadfael’s quest to find the missing trio uncovers a chilling and terrible murder, a tale of passions gone astray.

Ellis Peters’ famous novel has been lovingly adapted for the stage by Middle Ground Theatre.

Film projections, lavish settings and bespoke music all combine to vreate the stunning new production of a long-loved story.

The twice BAFTA-nominated actor, Gareth Thomas, who is best known for his leading role as Roj Blake in the dystopian science fiction television series Blake’s 7, takes on the role of Cadfael with a supporting cast including Rupert Baker, Christopher Berry, Hannah Burton, Greg Fitch, Paul Hassall, Tom Kanji, John Langford, Adam Lloyd-James, Jenny-May Darcy, Daniel Murray, James Morley, James Palmer, George Telfer and Richard Walsh.

Cadfael - The Virgin In The Ice is at Buxton Opera House from Tuesday May 7 to Saturday 11.

Tickets are priced from £15 to £23 and discounts are available.

For more information or to buy tickets call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

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