A Pleasing Terror: Two Ghost Stories by M R James
Performed by R M Lloyd Parry, Nunkie Theatre Company
New End Theatre, 16th December 2006 – 6th January 2007 (times vary)
This Christmas, Nunkie Theatre Company will send a seasonal shiver down the spine with A Pleasing Terror: Two Ghost Stories by M R James, which runs at the New End Theatre from 16th December 2006 to 6th January 2007.
2006 is the 70th anniversary of the death of Montague Rhodes James, the medieval scholar whose ghost stories are widely acknowledged as the most chilling ever written. Every Christmas he would perform new tales, by candlelight, to friends in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge. With A Pleasing Terror, Nunkie Theatre Company revives this tradition at the New End Theatre and brings two of the eeriest and most entertaining stories back to life.
In Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the devil in the details of a medieval book in the French Pyrenees. In The Mezzotint a ghoulish revenge is enacted in a work of art before the helpless eyes of a museum curator.
The New End Theatre was once the mortuary of the New End Hospital and has long been the site of ghostly rumours and all night vigils. The building’s past makes it the perfect setting in which to hear Robert Lloyd Parry’s pitch perfect delivery of James’ haunting tales.
Robert Lloyd Parry used to work, like James, at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He first performed A Pleasing Terror in the Founder’s Library in the museum – James’ old office. Since then he has toured the country, performing in various venues closely associated with the author as well as churches, country houses and on a punt on the River Cam by moonlight. His uncanny resemblance to the young James has been noted with a shudder by more than one enthusiastic audience member.
“Robert Lloyd Parry restores the charm and pleasure of the original tales with his excellent and convincing storytelling.” Cambridge Evening News
Saturday 16th December – Saturday 6th January, 9.45pm (8pm on Sunday 17th, Monday 18th and Sunday 31st, 6pm on Sunday 24th, no performance on Monday 25th). Box Office: 0870 033 2733. Website: New End Theater New End Theatre, 27 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD