Mort-ified at Opera House

Natalie Bell as Ysabell with Death. Photo contributed.

Natalie Bell as Ysabell with Death. Photo contributed.

BUXTON Drama League is returning to the Opera House – and the fantastical stories of Sir Terry Pratchett – with a stage version of one of his most popular tales, Mort.

Having previously entertained local audiences with Pratchett’s Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum, the Drama League make a welcome return to the Discworld with a cast of seasoned stalwarts and talented younger actors.

Director Alex Archer said: “This is not a play just for Terry Pratchett fans though, it is also a self-contained story which will engage and excite any audience member.

“I guarantee that you will never see a performance quite like this again and the outstanding performances from the cast will definitely make it both a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Every character adds a unique quality to the performance and the comedy aspects are really shining through.”

In this comic fantasy, young farmboy Mort is taken by his father to be apprenticed to a tradesman, but instead ends up working in a new job, with long-term prospects – as an assistant to Death himself.

However when, on his first mission, Mort prevents a princess from being assassinated, the whole balance of the universe is thrown off kilter and drastic methods are required to put things to rights.

Archer added: “This is definitely a play which will have you both laughing in the auditorium and sat on the edge of your seat.

“This is all down to the hard work from the cast, whether it is the blundering Mort, the stroppy Princess Keli, the deadpan Death (no pun intended) or the many other excellent performances that are currently being developed.”

Mort will be presented at Buxton Opera House on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190, or online at




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