This is not a review as such, as I have promised, along with the rest of the audience, not to divulge any spoilers about Ghost Stories, which had its press night at The Alexandra last night. What I will say it is that it is a theatrical event that really needs to be seen, and that yes, you will scream and will be sleeping with the light on, but you will also laugh as well.
Ghost Stories is that rare phenomenon, a play that has managed to keep its plot and twists secret (I can only think of The Mousetrap that also tries to do the same, and openly asks its audience not to divulge its secrets.) In this way, Ghost Stories manages to achieve levels of tension and intrigue because you genuinely do not know what is going to happen next, and the scares, when they come, are genuinely frightening.
But that is not to say that there aren’t lighter moments, there are times during Ghost Stories when you will laugh out loud, and not every part of the play is performed in the dark. But the dark, when it comes, leaves you watching through your fingers, and you will not be surprised to know that I did scream, more than once, rather loudly, although I did fell quite embarrassed a minute later.
Ghost Stories is not particularly gory, it is more about the tricks it plays on your mind as you are waiting for the next terrifying moment. Each scene is acted out by a great cast of Joshua Higgott, Gus Gordon, Paul Hawkyard and Richard Sutton. And then there’s the ending that is totally unexpected and leaves you with lots of unanswered questions and a real chill as you leave the theatre.
Ghost Stories is a scary delight that you really need to see.
Fri 10 – Sat 11 Jan