Posted on 21 April 2017.
Ruth Rendell’s thrilling mystery A Judgement in Stone is at The Grand Theatre from Monday, 24th – Saturday 29th April. Actor Andrew Lancel took time out to talk about his role in the production.
Q: How did you get involved with the play and what attracted you to it?
A: Working with Roy Marsden and Bill Kenwright again. Also, it’s a whole new genre for me and the first time I have played a copper since The Bill.
Q: You’ve worked with Bill Kenwright before on a couple of shows, nice to be part of one of his productions again?
A: Very. It’s my fourth in 3 years. I love the company and they put on things people want to see.
Q: A Judgement in Stone is widely considered to be Ruth Rendell’s greatest work – why do you think that is?
A: It’s a real statement on our class system. A fascinating story, sad, shocking and real.
Had you read the book before you were cast in the show – what did you love about the story?
A: No. The horror at the centre of the crime in such a class divide.
Q: How different is it being on stage as opposed to in front of the cameras?
A: Huge difference, it’s chalk and cheese. The discipline is hugely different. I just want to get on with it, I know my lines now. So come on – let’s get the curtain up!
But I’m learning more and more that its a process which I’m growing to love and when you’ve got someone like Roy Marsden up front, it makes a huge difference. His experience is so vast, you have to listen and take it on board. You don’t always have to agree but having a captain like that at the helm makes it enjoyable. It’s all about the part for me. I’ve had a nice long run with really good, usually intense characters, none more so than Epstein and Juror 3 in Twelve Angry Men. I’m very fortunate, whether it’s stage or telly or radio or singing, or whatever it is, as long as it’s interesting.
Q: Did you know or have you worked with any of your cast mates before?
A: Roy Marsden and Bill Kenwright. Also Ben Nealon as I did Soldier Soldier in 1996.
Q: This production has been on the road since January – what are the nicest things about being on the road?
A: Keeping it fresh. Great venues and seeing the country.
Q: Are there any dates on this tour you’ve not played, any cities you’re looking forward to visiting?
A: I haven’t been to Tunbridge Wells and Weston-super-Mare. Looking forward to returning to Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Leeds, Malvern and Cheltenham.
Q: Finally, without giving too much away, why should audiences come and see A Judgement in Stone?
A: It’s a ‘Why Done It?’ and ‘Who Done It?’.