A notorious TV bunny boiler will be making an appearance at Lancaster Castle for a night of classic ghost stories this month.
Ghostly Tales will be presented in the Shire Hall by the castle’s resident theatre company Demi-paradise Productions in the run-up to Halloween.
The shows, on October 18 and 19, present intimate readings of four classic ghost stories in the low-lit surroundings of the historic courts, execution preparation room and barristers’ library.
Making her Demi-paradise debut reading the modern day bittersweet morality tale, Watching Me, Watching You, is Becky Hindley.
Much in demand as an audio book reader, Becky is probably best known to readers for her powerful and sustained portrayal of bunny boiler Charlotte Hoyle in Coronation Street during 2010.
She departed the soap in December that year after being murdered by John Stape
Also among this year’s offerings is an early (1899) gem of popular feminist fiction, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – a young wife’s narration of her descent into madness through domestic internment.
A favourite of the genre remains MR James’ Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, my Lad (1904) where a holidaying professor in an abandoned graveyard becomes the unwitting victim of a demonic curse.
Completing this year’s line-up is Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson, a gripping gothic tale of murder and redemption set in Victorian London.
Respective readers of these terrific tales are newcomer Stephanie Greer (Trial of the Pendle Witches) and company regular David Frederickson.
The line-up is completed with a rare appearance by producer Stephen Tomlin as reader of the Stevenson story.
The shows start at 7.30pm and entry via the Shire Hall door is £7.50 for adults and £6 concessions. Not recommended for children under 12.
Call 01524 64998 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) for tickets and information.