Turn of the Screw haunts York Theatre Royal

Henry James’ classic ghost story is being brought back to life in a new adaptation produced by Dermon Mclughlin Productions in association with The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The show follows a young governess as she agrees to look after two orphaned children… before realising they’re not alone… Years later, she is confronted by her past and must account for what actually happened to her and those children.

The iconic tale was the original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black, and the new stage adaptation hopes to match that production with clever stage craft and atmospheric set and lighting design. I must say, I’ve been previously underwhelmed by The Woman In Black, so I hope this production has a little more than the odd scare-factor. I understand small cast shows are limited in terms of grand effects and stunts but it would be good to see a little more creativity. I’m excited to see the show and discover what direction they’ve taken!

The show stars Yorkshire-born Janey Dibley as the Governess, who was last seen in York Theatre Royal in Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. She will be starring in BBC’s Shakespeare and Hathaway later this year, too, so now’s a great chance to see a fantastic actress live so when you spot her on the telly you can say “hey, I’ve seen her!”

The cast also features Maggie McCarthy, last seen at York Theatre Royal in Sandi Toksvig’s comedy Silver Lining, Amy Dunn and Elliot Burton.

Catch the show at York Theatre Royal from 21 May to 1 June.

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