Last night The Bloke and I were invited to see Ghost Stories at The Alexandra Theatre.
Created by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, Ghost Stories has arrived at The Alexandra Theatre for its first ever UK Tour following a sell-out West End and international stage performances and a smash hit film starring Martin Freeman.
Described as the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror, a supernatural edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other, the show comes with an age restriction of 15, a warning that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension and advises that those of a nervous disposition should think very seriously before attending. In my naivety I took this with a pinch of salt. Surely it wouldn’t be that frightening?
With strict instructions not to reveal anything about the plot, I will tell you this: they were absolutely right. It was genuinely one of the most petrifying things I have ever seen.
The build up of excruciating tension followed by the many shock moments were so intense that I screamed out loud on multiple occasions and found myself watching some of it through my fingers, as did everyone else. It’s rare that I have seen a show where the audience has reacted as loudly to a performance as they did last night.
Ghost Stories features a small and extremely talented cast – Joshua Higgott plays Professor Goodman, Paul Hawkyard appears as Tony Matthews, Gus Gordon performs the role of Simon Rifkind and Richard Sutton reprises his Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and the West End’s Ambassador Theatre role as Mike Priddle – and each one were mesmerising. It is beautifully done – with a series of unexpected twists and turns, the show kept me on the edge of my seat with an utterly terrifying ninety minutes of superbly crafted storytelling, brilliantly structured sets, clever lighting and almost overwhelming sound effects.
For any horror fan, this is absolutely a show not to be missed!
Ghost Stories is on stage at the Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 11th January. If you’re brave enough to book tickets, visit here.
Disclaimer: The Bloke and I were given complimentary tickets to the show, but were under no obligation to provide a positive review.