The Legend of Sleep Hollow plays at York Theatre Royal this October as part of the Haunted Season. Washington Irving’s story is adapted for the stage by Philip Meeks with illusions by Filipe J Carvalho.
The residents of Sleepy Hollow spin tall tales of legends and ghost stories during the Halloween season. But who can tell truth from nightmare? Ichabod Crane enters an eerie world of secrets and unsettling tradition as he arrives in Sleepy Hollow to become the town teacher – while he also has secrets of his own. While quickly finding friendship with the town patriarch and his spirited daughter, his presence is not wholly welcome.
Leading the cast are a pair of TV soap favourites – both of whom are particular favourites of mine. Wendi Peters is most likely to be remembered as Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, whereas Bill Ward played builder Charlie Stubbs in Corrie and also did a stint in another soap Emmerdale as James Barton. They’re both stunning actors with great presence.
Both have a wealth of stage roles to their credit too! Wendi’s appearances include Big! The Musical in the West End as well as The Game for Northern Broadsides, April in Paris for Hull Truck and White Christmas at London’s Dominion Theatre. Bill’s stage appearances include the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – as drag queen Loco Chantelle – and The Glee Club.
Director Jake Smith says: “Sleepy Hollow is undoubtedly one of the greatest horror stories ever written and a tour de force to stage. The story has at its heart the power of nomadic storytelling and gathering round the campfire for a good story. It is an important story for now as we look at conversations around the identity of nations, communities a d humankind throughout the world. This production has allowed an incredible ensemble of actors to viscerally and inventively bring the Hollow to life. It is a piece that shines on our actors’ athleticism, which is really exciting as we look to theatre returning. We look forward to transporting the audience through a quest of logic and illusion, creating fear and defying expectation.”
Get your tickets now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, coming to York Theatre Royal from 5th – 9th October.