Stars are ready to shine in this festive drama at Opera House

Stuart McGugan in The Holly and the Ivy
Stuart McGugan in The Holly and the Ivy

A star-studded period drama which has been hailed by top critics is heading for Derbyshire.

The Holly and the Ivy will be staged by Middle Ground Theatre Company at Buxton Opera House next week.

Performers include Stuart McGugan (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Tutti Frutti, Hamish Macbeth), Tom Roberts (Emmerdale, 2point4 Children), Dean Smith (Waterloo Road) and Hildegard Neil (Antony & Cleopatra).

Wynyard Brown’s festive drama is set in a Norfolk vicarage on Christmas Eve 1947, where the vicar’s family gather for the festive season.

Peace and goodwill radiates from the warm-hearted elderly vicar, cared for by his young daughter. But with the arrival of two irritable aunts and an errant daughter the emotional veneer is peeled away.

As skeletons tumble from closets and stones are turned over, family members are forced to confront their regrets and secret anxieties. Even the loveable vicar is not immune to the stresses and strains of a normal family life.

Middle Ground Theatre Company have been taking plays on tour for 26 years.

The Holly and the Ivy is at Buxton Opera House from Monday, November 24, to Wednesday, November 26.