Gallowglass – A Murderous Game

Gallowglass - February 20-24

An atmospheric thriller from the pen of Ruth Rendall (writing as Barbara Vine) will set spines a-tingling when it comes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 20 to 24.

Gallowglass is presented by The Middle Ground Theatre Company who earlier this year brought A Murder Is Announced before Norwich audiences.

Ruth Rendell’s novel was described as “Marvellously gripping….tense, compulsive and beautifully written” by the Sunday Express, and as “compulsive reading; an unsettling narrative that casts eerie shadows into the unknown” by Woman’s Journal. The novel was turned into a BBC series in 1993 starring Michael Sheen as Joe and Paul Rhys as Sandor.

Now bringing the story to the stage, Middle Ground’s production stars a host of popular television stars. Paul Opacic is best known for his role as Carl Costello in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. He also played Steve Marchant in Emmerdale and has enjoyed roles in The Royal, Holby City and Waterloo Road.

Joining him is Richard Walsh who played fireman Bert ‘Sicknote’ Quigley in the long-running ITV drama series London’s Burning from 1986 to 2000, and also appeared in Midsomer Murders, Doctors and Heartbeat.

The cast is completed by Karen Drury who is best known for her role as Susannah Farnham in Brookside, Dean Smith who played Philip Ryan in Waterloo Road, Florence Cady who played the lead role of Scarlet in the gothic thriller Crucible of the Vampire and Rachael Hart who plays Katie in CBeebies Apple Tree House.

Gallowglass tells an emotional story of obsessive love, lust and fear.

Joe is saved from committing suicide in front of an oncoming tube train by Sandor who, in return for saving his life, demands his absolute loyalty and teaches Joe that he is now a ‘gallowglass’, a servant of a chief.

Sandor tells Joe a fairy tale of an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess, a missed rendezvous, and so deep is Joe’s gratitude that he helps with the kidnapping of a young married woman, Nina, who Sandor is obsessed with.

Middle Ground Theatre Company has toured shows over 40 different productions across the UK and as far afield as Scotland’s Highlands and Islands for 30 years working with a host of top actors including Hollywood stars Kelly McGillis and Dirk Benedict. In addition to A Murder Is Announced, which was at Norwich Theatre Royal in July, its recent productions also include Classic Ghosts and The Verdict.

Judy Foster, communications officer for Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “If you like to feel the chills running up your spine, then Gallowglass is the psychological thriller for you.  A strong cast portraying carefully crafted characters will take the audience on a riveting and disturbing tale of a growing obsession which leads to an expected ending. It will stay with you long after you have left the theatre.”

Gallowglass is here from 20-24 February 2018. Buy tickets now at Norwich Theatre Royal.