LOVERS of Ruth Rendell mysteries are in for a treat at Malvern Theatre.

On offer will be A Judgement in Stone, which is well-known for "its brilliant rendering of character, plot and motive".

A spokesman added: "It is undoubtedly Ruth Rendell at her thrilling best."

Rendell, who died in May 2015, is credited with having revitalised the mystery genre.

A Judgement in Stone was first written in 1977 and was also filmed twice, as The Housekeeper in 1986 and as La Cérémonie in 1995.

The plot revolves around Eunice, as she struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, 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, best known to TV audiences for his portrayal of villainous business man Frank Foster in Coronation street. He is joined by Sophie Ward who is known for playing Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat.

Joining them are Stage veterans Mark Wynter and Deborah Grant with Movie Icon, Shirley Anne Field and former boyband member Antony Costa also involved and completing this star cast is Agatha Christie Company stalwart Ben Nealon.

The production will be directed by Roy Marsden who has had two successful West End runs with Noel Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s A Daughter’s A Daughter.

A Judgement in Stone will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday May 2 to Saturday May 6. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at