Prepare to be scared as MR James’s ghost stories come to life

For more than a century, the ghost stories of MR James have chilled the spines of readers across the world. Next week, the Spread Eagle Theatre in central Croydon is promising that author’s tales of horror will return to terrify a new audience with a selection of his most unsettling tales of dread.

Don't Go Into the CellarWarnings To The Curious: The Ghost Stories Of MR James is presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar, a troupe who perform at venues across the country from theatres and restaurants to manor houses and festivals, offering an original take on traditional Victorian and Edwardian theatre, combining authentic costumes and props with multi-media film, video and sound.

“Formed in 2010, Don’t Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein,” according to the publicity issued ahead of next week’s performance. “Using a talented and versatile troupe of professionally trained actors and crew, Don’t Go Into The Cellar! perform at theatres, festivals and events across the United Kingdom.

“Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin both writes and performs in each show, bringing a lifelong love of Victorian detective, ghost and horror stories to the fore. His commitment to detail and understanding of fin de siecle Zeitgeist ensures that audiences are guaranteed a splendidly authentic slice of stage-frights.”

The production makes the most of 21st century theatre techniques and technology to pump fresh blood into these gothic gems, promising brilliantly crafted sound and video sequences.

“In the Victorian tradition of fog-bound chillers, sensational thrillers and merry Music Hall entertainments, their stage-players unveil a kaleidoscope of 19th century theatrical treats.”

Warnings To The Curious: The Ghost Stories Of MR James is being performed at the Spread Eagle Theatre, above the pub on Katharine Street, next Friday, June 27, from 7.30pm. Tickets are just £10 each.

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