Ghost Stories premiered in Liverpool in 2010, since then it has played in London, Toronto and Moscow, entertaining but most of all terrifying over 300,000 people along the way. Ghost Stories was created and written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. Dyson is best known as being part of the macabre comedy group, The League of Gentlemen, as well as being a successful author and director. Nyman is a successful actor having played a variety of roles on both stage and screen, including the role of Goodman in Ghost Stories. As well as being an accomplished actor, Nyman has also enjoyed success as a writer and director, having co-created and co-directed some of Derren Brown’s most notorious stage and television shows.
One of the most intriguing factors of Ghost Stories is the severe lack of information available to the public about the play. Immediately there is a sense of fear that starts to build. Fear based on the unknown, having only the title and striking promotional imagery with which to draw your own conclusions. This sense of fear and of the unknown only increases once you make your way into the auditorium and take your seat; realising there is nowhere to run. The entire auditorium has been designed to plunge you into this immersive world, the sights, sounds and even the smells put you on edge and make you fearful of everything around you. The intimate feel the Arts Theatre has puts the audience in close proximity not only to the actors but also to each other, creating a delicious feeling of tension and apprehension.
It is impossible to find fault in this play, not only is it scarily well written, directed and acted; it is also extremely clever and funny. The genius doesn’t stop there, the lighting and sound, along with the other production values have been designed perfectly to compliment the entire performance. Whilst the actors create a majority of the atmosphere with their strong individual performances, the sound and lighting give the performance a cinematic quality that envelop the audience almost to the point of disorientation.
The beauty of this play is its simplicity. The building of tension, the short and sharp bursts of frightening imagery and the playful use of preying on peoples fear. This has all been achieved successfully without the use of blood, gore and violence but with nothing more than quality writing, directing and acting. There is no other theatrical experience like it. If you are the type of person that likes to indulge your morbid curiosity or perhaps you enjoy that sudden surge of adrenaline that only happens when you are truly scared, then Ghost Stories is certainly the show for you.
Ghost Stories is currently playing at the Arts Theatre, London. Be warned, this show is not for the faint hearted.
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB
Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 8.00pm and Sunday at 7.00pm
Matinees: Saturday 5.00pm and Sunday 4.00pm
Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 15+
Show Opened: 13th February 2014
Important Info: Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of severe shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise that those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.
Buy tickets online or book tickets by telephone 020 7492 1602
Friday 30th January 2015