By Ellis Peters
Starring Gareth Thomas
Adapted, designed and directed by Michael Lunney
Music: Lynette Webster & Ray Mytton
Lighting Design: Bob Hodges
Film Production: White Tip Media
It is winter 1139 and raging civil war has sent many refugees
fleeing north from Worcester, among them an orphaned boy, his
beautiful 17 year old sister, and a young nun. But they seem
to have disappeared somewhere in the wild winter landscape of frost
and snow - and Brother Cadfael embarks on a dangerous quest
to find them... The search will lead him to discover a
chilling and terrible murder, and a tale of passion gone
Ellis Peters' Cadfael novels sold millions of copies globally, and
this World Stage Première celebrates the centenary of her birth.
Veteran actor Gareth Thomas, twice BAFTA nominated
in a career which spans 50 years and includes the title role in the
cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7, leads a quality cast
of fifteen, including Richard Walsh (London's
Burning), James Palmer (River City)
and Rupert Baker (London's
Featuring film projections, lavish settings and bespoke music, this
stunning new production is produced by Middle Ground Theatre
Company, the producers of The Importance of Being Earnest
and On Golden Pond, who this year celebrate 25 years of
bringing quality drama to the stage.
Running Time: 2h 25m
Running Times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.
|Your choice of prices||Tuesday - Thursday 7.30pm & Saturday 2.30pm||Thursday 2.30pm||Friday & Saturday 7.30pm|
|* Restricted view six people max.|
** Wheelchair space and companion seat (each).
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For Tuesday - Thursday 7.30pm & Saturday 2.30pm performances
in Stalls A-S and Circle A-M only: £3.50 off for Parties of 8 or
more; £3.00 off for Children, Students, Over 60s, Unemployed
People, Disabled People and one Companion each, Claimants
OVER 60s: £14.00 each at Thursday 2.30pm
performance in Stalls A-P & Circle A-F only
STUDENT SPECIAL: For any evening performance
(except Saturday) £5.00 each from 6.00pm onwards
What the papers say...
The action flows from manor to priory, town to
castle... I was gripped from start to finish. The acting was
first-class, particularly from Gareth Thomas... a piece of theatre
that is unlike any other I've seen
Excellent sets, lighting and music...
Cadfael is convincingly played by veteran actor Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas portrays Brother Cadfael
perfectly, his wonderful honeyed tones help with the narration...
the music throughout is glorious, and it's worth a trip to the show
purely for this
A very clever staging, using elaborate props
and sets, music, sound and media... very convincing performances...
Gareth Thomas is a very fine Cadfael
The play had everything you
could hope for - captivating characters, a tantalizing storyline,
an unexpected twist towards the end and exceptionally
well-constructed fight scenes... Gareth Thomas's portrayal
reflected the wit, intelligence and comedy of Cadfael almost
The simple but clever set and scenery
established the bitter winter... The part of Cadfael was
excellently portrayed by Gareth Thomas... he held the audience and
conveyed the emotions of a man who had, in his time, seen war,
love, the world as well as the monastery
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