Reviewed by Joanna Woodburn
Following the worldwide success of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s cult show Ghost Stories, Nottingham audiences now have the opportunity to experience this scintillating spectacle! Ghost Stories was first seen at The Lyric Theatre in London in 2010 and has since been a worldwide hit as well as being made into a film. Ghost Stories is now on its first UK Tour, directly from the West End. This unique and scary showing is a hair-raising experience and is now playing at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
The Theatre Royal, Nottingham is located in the city centre and is a most regal venue, with comfortable seating, ample leg room and friendly, helpful staff. The theatre presents a range of high class, unforgettable performances including musicals from the West End and touring drama. The nearest car park is Q-Park on Talbot Street which is only a 3-minute walk away. Audiences can get reduced rates by pre-booking a parking voucher with Theatre Royal.
The title Ghost Stories perfectly tells it all, this daunting show has strong and convincing leading men who each pack a punch from start to finish. Beware audiences! This show is not for the faint-hearted, with moments of extreme shock and tension, it is not suitable for anyone under the age of 15 or for those of nervous disposition. This is truly a unique experience and not by any means your average visit to the theatre!
It was with some trepidation that I took my seat for the showing, there was a great level of anticipation in the audience which only added to the excitement and feeling of dread. Ghost Stories certainly creates fear and dark feelings across the auditorium and is a pulsating experience for one’s senses! The twisted plots kept the audience on edge throughout, with a whole range of themes, this is hard, gritty theatre at its very best. Without spoiling any surprises, for the success of this has depended on loyal audiences keeping secrets, there are moments when one can almost feel the fear and shock moving through the auditorium. With very strange events, the involuntary screams (myself included!) from time to time only added to the eeriness and tension.
The exceedingly talented cast has Joshua Higgott as Professor Goodman, Paul Hawkyard who plays Tony Matthews, Gus Gordon as Simon Rifkind and Richard Sutton playing Mike Priddle. All four of these actors delivered impressive performances in their respective roles – audiences will really appreciate the depth and quality on show.
Technically brilliant, the special effects are first class, highly effective and completely add to the suspense and the chilling atmosphere. The eerie and haunting sounds as well as the deafening ones adds much to the nightmarish ambiance. The creative use of sound and lighting leads to many ‘jumpy’ moments and palpable feelings of panic. Prepare yourself for an exhilarating, multi-sensory encounter!
Ghost Stories is a master class in horror and will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Are you brave enough to enter the phenomenon of Ghost Stories? I highly recommend you go and see it if you dare!
Tickets cost from £13.50 to £38 (booking fees may apply).
Ghost Stories is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 21-25 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND