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UK Stage Hit 'Ghost Stories' Is Finally Unleashing Its Chills and Thrills in Melbourne This Spring

Postponed from 2021, the popular West End show is coming to Australia for the first time.
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022

If you're the kind of Melburnian who dedicates the entire month of October to all things spooky, then you'll want to make a date with the latest acclaimed stage show that's heading Australia's way. Sure, Ghost Stories will start its local season in September, but it's definitely arriving at the right time of year for bumps, jumps and unleashing eerie tales.

Hitting our shores for the first time, Ghost Stories will bring its thrills and chills to the Athenaeum Theatre between Friday, September 16–Saturday, October 22. And, it'll be doing so with the team behind a couple of other unsettling recent experiences: Melbourne-based Realscape Productions, who've been responsible for shipping container installations Seance, Flight and Coma, plus a number of horror audio experiences since 2020.

Created, written and directed by Andy Nyman (Derren Brown) and Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen), and first staged in the UK back in 2010, Ghost Stories offers exactly what its name suggests. Leading the charge is fictional Professor of Parapsychology Phillip Goodman, who takes audiences through three of his cases. If it sounds familiar even though the production hasn't ever made it to our shores as yet, that's because Ghost Stories was turned into a film with The Office, The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman a couple of years back — and also featuring Nyman as Goodman.

This is the type of show where the less you know going in, the better. You want to experience those frightening tales afresh, after all. Audience members have been known to physically jump in their seats while they're watching, too, which is part of the point.

"If people are paying their hard-earned money to see the show, we have a responsibility to give them more than they pay for," said Dyson in a statement when the show first announced its plans to hit Australia, with its initial 2021 dates postponed to 2022.

"We knew that we wanted to craft a play that would deliver something of substance to an audience, some solid ground underneath the fun, that would leave a deeper, darker residue and be harder to shake off," continued both Dyson and Nyman.

Yes, the show has been likened to watching a horror movie play out on stage — so if you that sounds like your ideal way to spend 80 minutes, prepare to be in your element. If you're easily scared, you probably already know to stay away.

For its Aussie run — with a stint in Adelaide set to follow Melbourne — Ghost Stories will star playwright and actor Steve Rodgers (Savage River, Kenny) as Professor Phillip Goodman, and also feature Jay Laga'aia, Darcy Brown and Nick Simpson-Deeks.

Check out Ghost Stories' Australian trailer below:

Ghost Stories will hit Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre from Friday, September 16–Saturday, October 22. For further details and to buy tickets, head to the production's website.

Images: Eugene Perepletchikov.

Published on August 03, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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