Spooky show lengthens London life

Published December 10, 2010

Ghost Stories, the terrifying production that has been making audience’s leap from their seats at the Duke of York’s theatre since summer 2010 has extended its West End run until 26 June 2011.

The spine-chilling show, which brings together three scream-inducing tales, had been booking until 20 February, but has proved so popular with scare-loving theatregoers that it has added an extra four months to its London engagement.

Current leading man Reece Shearsmith will not be extending with the show. He is to leave the role of Professor Philip Goodman in the new year to prepare to star in another West End show, Cameron Mackintosh’s new musical Betty Blue Eyes. Shearsmith will be replaced, from 11 January,  by Ghost Stories’ original leading man Andy Nyman, who also co-wrote the piece with Shearsmith’s League Of Gentlemen collaborator Jeremy Dyson.

Speaking about the show’s success Nyman said: “Ghost Stories has been a fantastic success and Jeremy and I are absolutely thrilled the show will continue its residency at the Duke of York’s theatre until next June. It’s absolutely great to be part of such a unique show and everyone involved in the production is looking forward to scaring hundreds more people next year.”

Ghost Stories began haunting London at the Lyric Hammersmith, where it opened in March before transferring to the West End.

Writer Dyson will return to the Lyric Hammersmith in early 2011, when his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales premieres in January.

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