Henry James’ classic ghostly novella The Turn Of The Screw is staged at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in a uniquely atmospheric outdoor adaptation, penned by Benjamin Britten and co-produced with the English National Opera.
This story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense. Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader, directs.
Part gothic and part ghost story, The Turn Of The Screw first transpired as a novella published in 1898 by American author James. The plot centres on a governess who begins to experience supernatural sightings of former employees of the estate.
The Turn Of The Screw will be performed by two casts, who will play on alternate performances; the starring role of Prologue and role of Peter Quint will be shared by ENO debutant Elgan Llŷr Thomas and William Morgan (The Day After, ENO). Members of the ENO orchestra will also be conducted by ENO Mackerras Fellow Toby Purser.
The casts also include renowned ENO artists Nadine Livingston (Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2009-2011), Janis Kelly (Prima Donna, international tour), and Anita Watson (who previously appeared as The Governess in The Turn Of The Screw in Venice).
The production is designed by Soutra Gilmour, who was behind the Olivier Award-winning revival of Into The Woods at the Open Air Theatre, while lighting design is by Jon Clark, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, and casting by ENO Head of Casting, Michelle Williams.
As Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre, Sheader has introduced the works of Chekhov, Miller, Wilde and Dickens, and his productions of To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord Of The Flies have also enjoyed successful UK tours.
With a multi-award-winning creative team, a scintillating premise and a revered story, The Turn Of The Screw promises to be an operatic experience like no other.
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