Play and film about Everest expedition heads for Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre

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Climbing enthusiasts and armchair adventurers are invited to A Night on Everest to discover the truths, myths and facts about the legendary Everest expedition of 1924.

The double bill at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday, January 24, opens with the play Mallory – Beyond Everest followed by the film The Epic Of Everest.

Mallory - Beyond Everest is a one-man play about George Mallory who vanished on the mountain along with fellow mountaineer, Andrew “Sandy” Irvine during the historic expedition 90 years ago.

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, actor John Burns is now touring the hour-long play about Mallory, asking one question – If he had survived what demons would have haunted him?

In reality Mallory met his death attempting to be the first person to climb the mountain, but in the play, the climber has survived and relives his three attempts on Everest.

The Epic of Everest is remarkable 85-minute record of the infamous expedition of 1924. Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel, pictured, captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance.

A restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones.

Organiser, Matt Heason of Heason Events said: “We’re delighted to present this double bill combining a new play with beautifully restored archive film footage. The Mallory mystery has an enduring fascination and we hope to pay tribute to this notorious mountain and the brave climbers who made those first attempts to scale her.”

Tickets for A Night On Everest are £11 and £14. Call 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk