The set-up of Ghost Stories is pleasingly simple but the stories could be more varied

28 Feb

Metro

Chris Levens as Simon in Ghost Stories (Picture: Alastair Muir) Chris Levens as Simon in Ghost Stories (Picture: Alastair Muir)

Theatre review: Ghost Stories, Arts Theatre

Given the vast popular appetite for being scared witless, the ghost story as a genre remains significantly under-exploited in the theatre. No wonder this self-indulgently old-fashioned confection, written by Jeremy Dyson (well known for his work with The League Of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman (Derren Brown’s co-writer), has enjoyed such enduring success with audiences in London, having already had stints at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Duke of York’s before taking up residence at the Arts Theatre.

The set-up has a pleasing simplicity about it. The unbroken 80-minute performance begins with a parapsychology professor named Goodman (Paul Kemp) standing at a lectern and essentially urging spectators to be sceptical about what they are shortly to see. Three supernatural tales are then related by ‘percipients’ – people who claim to have witnessed ghostly goings-on –…

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