New Theatre, Cardiff
Tue 25-Sat 29 Feb
After a record-breaking world tour and a sell-out West End run, Ghost Stories brings its scares to Wales for the first time. Cardiff’s New Theatre will play host to Professor Phillip Goodman, debunker of supernatural activity and exposer of fraudulent psychics, whose lecture acts as a frame for three macabre cases that seem to have a chilling connection to his own life.
Written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman (who has co-written many of Derren Brown’s magic shows), the play comes with a warning for those of a nervous disposition to think carefully before attending, and an age restriction of 15+. Jeremy Dyson is the faceless fourth member of comedy troupe The League Of Gentlemen and, if that’s anything to go by, you can expect a fair selection of offbeat characters and sinister undercurrents. The play utilises sound and smell to ramp up the tension for heart-thumping frights.
As with all horror, it’s the not-knowing that gets the adrenaline flowing, the expectation that any second something could jump out, scream or crash. Much like Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the enduring success of Ghost Stories is due in part to audiences keeping its secrets. If you think you’re brave enough to stay in your seat for the full 90 minutes, why wait till Halloween to get your spooky thrills?
Tickets: £13-£34. Info: 029 2087 8889 / www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk (LN)