Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Haunting (theatre)

 If you didn't catch The Haunting when it came to the Devonshire Park Theatre in November 2010, I strongly urge you to book a seat for the current Bill Kenwright production that returns in the first week of October. And if, like me, you did see it before, I think it might just be long enough ago to warrant another viewing!

The play has been adapted from Charles Dickens' ghost stories by Hugh Janes and is directed by Hugh Wooldridge. The thrilling, twisting storyline keeps the audience hooked throughout and there are some wonderful theatrical effects that I remember making me jump several times! The one-room set is a wonderfully detailed library.

In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret. When a young book dealer, David Filde (James Roache - Cold Blood, Coronation Street), is employed by a former associate of his uncle, Lord Gray (David Robb - Downton Abbey) to catalogue an impressive library, he finds an incredible array of rare and antiquated books. But as a series of strange and unexplained events conspire to keep Filde from his work, he realises that if he is to convince his sceptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing are real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror, and beyond, to discover the source of the ghostly night-time visitations.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Mon 1st to Sat 6th Oct, 19:45.
Wed & Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices. Available online from the Eastbourne Theatres website, by phone on 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

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