Ghost About the House, a “haunting gay comedy” by Matthew Campling, gets its world premiere at London’s King’s Head Theatre in a limited season this June. Casting has now been announced.
Ghost About the House is set in two time periods, 70 years apart, in the same grand house in Islington, near the King’s Head Theatre itself. It will run from 7 to 30 June 2018, with a press night on 8 June. The premiere production, directed by Scott LeCrass will star Sioned Jones, Timothy Blore, Matt Gibbs, Joshua Glenister and Joe Wiltshire Smith.
Approaching the Second World War, Ian, the young master, is in love with Leonard, the butler. Edward, a handsome friend of the family, seduces Ian but also woos fragrant Lady Millicent. Millicent’s too-young suiter Henry makes a desperate attempt to win her.
Ian has become the Ghost, haunting the lives and splitting the relationship of new owners Eddie and Alex. Eddie introduces into the mix Lenny, a young man he’s picked up. The mischievous Ghost perceives a great likeness between Lenny and his long-gone love, the butler. Meanwhile, the dreaded EU Referendum speedily approaches!
The five actors play two time-connected roles in the 90-minute play billed as “a sizzling comedy of ghostly interference, impossible modern relationships and sidelong swipes at our political uncertainty.”
Ghost About the House is the 11th produced play written by Matthew Campling. Since returning to the theatre following a career as a psychotherapist, his production company CamplingHicks Productions has presented three, critically acclaimed plays, including most recently, Abominations (2016, Etcetera Theatre), The English Heart (June 2017, Etcetera Theatre) and The Secondary Victim (November 2017, Park Theatre).
Director Scott Le Crass‘ previous work includes the Offie-nominated productions Kicked in the Sh*tter and Sid. His other credits include Alice in Wonderland (Old Rep, Birmingham) and A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Christmas Round Robin Letters (Hope Theatre).
Ghost About the House runs from 7 to 30 June 2018 at the King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN, with Tuesday to Saturday performances at 7.45pm and Sundays at 5.1pm. Tickets are priced £18 (concessions £15). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!