Oscar Wilde’s vaudeville spectacular to be staged at the Theatre Royal

Step right up to Oscar Wilde’s uproarious vaudeville spectacular “The Canterville Ghost” which is coming to haunt and delight audiences at Theatre Royal next month.

The gloriously ghoulish show will set Halloween lovers hearts on fire and is full of spooks, bangs, and lots of magic from Scott Penrose, former President of The Magic Society.  

“The Canterville Ghost” features four valiant vaudevillians – a mysterious magician, a crazy comedian, a spirited psychic and their charismatic compere – with original music played live on stage.

These extraordinary entertainers will bring their sensational variety acts to the stage – woven into Oscar Wilde’s spooky story of the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville, who vanished without a trace 300 years ago.

When the Otis family move into Canterville Hall, they’re warned about the fearsome ghost that stalks its corridors. But the Otis family are a thoroughly modern bunch – has anyone warned the Canterville Ghost about them?

Toby Mitchell, the artistic director and co-founder of Tall Stories, said” “Over the last 25 years, Tall Stories has become best known for producing work for family audiences. ‘The Canterville Ghost’ is a spookier show for grown-ups – well, everyone over 12 years old.

“Our interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s ghoulish story is performed by four music-hall entertainers who reveal their own secrets, using music, ventriloquism, magic and psychic abilities. It’s a lot of fun.

“As Covid forced the cancellation of our 2020 tour (alongside so many other companies), it’s great that we’re finally able to perform the show.”

The magic supervisor for “The Canterville Ghost” is Scott Penrose who has created numerous magic effects and illusions for film, television and theatre drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience. His credits include BBC’s “Jonathan Creek” and the film “The Illusionist” starring Edward Norton. 

Book tickets for the show, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday, October 7 to 8, at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.



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