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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Author Sarah Waters Adapts Murder Mystery For Stage
You may think that acclaimed novelist Sarah Waters would pick something safe for her first journey into playwriting, but instead she is tempting the fates - for her new work is adapted from a cursed manuscript.

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The Frozen Scream is set to send a chill around Birmingham Hippodrome


The Frozen Scream is based on a largely forgotten 1928 murder-mystery novel by CC Gilbert. It was a popular novel until a series of mysterious deaths led to claims that the book was cursed. Not to be deterred by superstition, Sarah and her co-writer Christopher Green have unearthed the story and translated it to stage.

It tells the story of a group of friends stranded in an abandoned lodge in the heart of winter. They decide to retell the horror story of Jack Frost to pass the time but events in reality become far scarier that their stories.

The play will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from January 7 until January 17 and as there is a chilling element to the play, it has been given an age guidance of aged 16 and over.

Welsh writer Sarah Waters is already well-known for her award-winning novels including Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith and The Little Stranger but she decided to branch out into theatre by adapting The Frozen Scream with Olivier-award winning performer and writer Christopher Green, who is also directing the play.

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Pictured left to right are Rula Lenska, Christopher Green and Sarah Waters, who are helping to bring The Frozen Scream to stage.


Christopher has made a name for himself with experimental theatre. He has works like Office Party, VIP, The Razzle and This Show Has No Name under his belt.

Actress Rula Lenska has been lined up to star in the production and says: "It is such a joy to be working with my great friend and superb cabaret artist Christopher Green, who asked me to be in this unique piece of theatre and with one of my favourite authors Sarah Waters. This is such an opportunity to be part of something totally different to anything I have ever done or seen before."

Birmingham Hippodrome is colloborating with Wales Millennium Centre on The Frozen Scream as they want to bring "an alternative form of Christmas entertainment" to theatre-goers. The Frozen Scream will premiere at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on December 11, where it will be performed until December 20. The play will then move on to Birmingham Hippodrome for its stop-off in January.
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Why? Be thrilled by a historic murder mystery
When: January 7-17, 2015
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: 15 - 18.50
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