Spooky stories told this week at Blackfriars

The Ghost's Touch - Amanda Howard and Nicholas Gilbrook in Wilkie Collins' THE GHOST'S TOUCH! photographer David Gilbrook.

The Ghost's Touch - Amanda Howard and Nicholas Gilbrook in Wilkie Collins' THE GHOST'S TOUCH! photographer David Gilbrook.

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Wilkie Collins tale is brought to life

Rumpus Theatre Company, who last year brought The Dead Hand to the theatre, is returning on Saturday, at 7.30pm, with its interpretation of Wilkie Collins’ The Ghost Touch.

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Adapted for the national autumn tour by John Goodrum, the play guarantees to get audiences hearts racing.

It tells the story of widower Stephen Rayburn, whose young daughter Lucy runs back to him from the woods in Kensington Gardens. He can see she’s frightened.

Asking if it’s a dog that scares her, he gets the response ‘it’s not the dog it’s the lady... I think she might be mad’.

Soon after, the ghostly woman Stephen meets leads him into a web of lust and revenge that reaches out from beyond the grave.

This production comes from the company which has been praised for its past productions, with the Derbyshire Times 
calling the ‘edge of the seat’ mood of The Dead Hand ‘perfection’.

Public Reviews said the theatre company’s version of The Haunted Bride was ‘fantastic’ and the Kentish Times called its production of Dickens’ The Signalman ‘an evening of spooky fun’.

Wilkie Collins, who also wrote The Woman in White, which has recently gained fame following its big screen adapation, published The Ghosts Touch in the Irish Fireside in 1885. Tickets to The Ghosts Touch costs £12 and £10.

To book call 01205 363108.

For more information on Rumpus Theatre Company visit www.rumpustheatrecompany.co.uk.