NEWS: Tim Luscombe’s adaptation of Henry James’ Turn of the Screw launches UK tour

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The new adaptation of Henry James’ Turn of the Screw will receive its world premiere at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester before embarking on a UK tour. 

Opening at the Mercury Theatre 23 February 2018, this new adaptation is written by Tim Luscombe and directed by Daniel Buckroyd. It continues on tour until 26 May 2018.

Set in 1840, a young governess agrees to look after two orphans, a boy and a girl, in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But, shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and those under her protection.

Turn of the Screw was conceived and commissioned by Dermot McLaughlin who said: “I found Turn of the Screw a compelling story with fascinating female characters. The context of this troubled woman committing to paper her terrifying and inexplicable experiences so long after the event was intriguing and moving. The why’s and wherefores of that psychology seemed very interesting dramatic territory. The tension between the past and the struggle to resign oneself to past actions presents a recognisable emotional state for us all. Tim Luscombe has realised my idea brilliantly and I’m excited to be able to bring it to audiences on tour.”

Henry James’ original novella ended on a cliffhanger and has been open to much debate since its publication in 1898, having defined the genre of psychological horror. The story has been adapted numerous times for the stage and screen, including the film The Others which starred Nicole Kidman.

The tour dates for the production are as follows:

  • 23rd February – 10th March Mercury Theatre – Colchester
  • 13th – 17th March Theatre Royal, Windsor
  • 20th – 24th March West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
  • 27th – 31st March Festival Theatre, Malvern
  • 3rd – 7th April New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
  • 3rd – 7th April New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
  • 16th – 21st April Connaught Theatre, Worthing
  • 24th – 28th April Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
  • 1st – 5th May Theatr Clwyd, Mold
  • 8th – 12th May Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
  • 15th – 18th May Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
  • 22nd – 26th May New Theatre, Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.