Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and my other half went to see the Lyric Hammersmith theatre production of the worldwide stage phenomenon Ghost Stories at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking last night.
The theatre was transformed with eerie music and dark lighting making a great spooky atmosphere adding to a great anticipation of what we are about to see. Now if you’ve seen the film Ghost Stories, don’t worry as the show is only loosely based on the film so everyone is completely in the dark about what’s to come.
I looked at a couple of reviews before going as I really couldn’t figure out what to expect. What I now know is everyone is playing along to keep the plot secret so people can come and see the show like I did, not knowing much about what I was about to see and this only adds to the fear and anticipation making this a truly unique experience. What I can say is you will laugh (quite a lot) as well as a few shocks and scares it’s actually very funny, which is something I didn’t expect, and I loved the feeling of suspense that I’m sure was felt by everyone. I also think that because there is no interval your attention is held and the moment is never lost.
The show runs for around 90 minutes and the time just flew by which I think is always a sign of a good show. The writers Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman have done a cracking job of creating something very unique and special and I enjoyed it very much, but to get the full experience I would definitely recommend sitting near the front, I can’t help but think that sitting up high or near the back just wouldn’t give the same thrill and excitement. I sat near the front and it felt like a truly immersive experience. The show advises those of a nervous disposition to think seriously about attending and while I agree, it’s got the shock factor. I don’t think it’s overly scary that it should put people off coming, it also says not suitable for anyone under the age of 15 and this I’d completely agree with.
The New Victoria Theatre is one of my favourite theatres it’s very modern and I always find the staff lovely and welcoming. Situated in the Peacock Shopping Centre you can make a day out of it with a spot of shopping as well. There is also a car park a few minutes walk away with cheap evening rates for parking making the trip easy and convenient.
I definitely recommend Ghost Stories as a great evening out. We had a great time, you won’t regret it. It’s on at Woking now until the 1st of February
Tickets cost from £13 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Ghost Stories is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 28 January to 1 February 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-victoria-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ