REVIEW ROUND-UP: Ghost Stories at Ambassadors Theatre

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We round up the reviews for Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s Ghost Stories which is back in London in time for Halloween…

British Theatre.com: ★★★★ “These tales are full of slow-building tension and sudden scares that still manage to elicit screams and nervous laughter from the audience. In the best tradition of horror, they are also infused with dark humour and touches of silliness.”

Theatre Weekly: ★★★★ “So, is Ghost Stories as scary as the warnings suggest, well in a word yes. But it’s also incredibly well constructed and fantastically staged. If you enjoy being scared then fill your boots, if you don’t, then do as I did, and take a friend that’s afraid of their own shadow, it will make for one priceless evening.”

West End Wilma: ★★★★ “At 80 minutes played through, Ghost Stories is the perfect length so you can retreat to the nearest bar afterwards for a stiff drink to settle your nerves. Like Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’, a disclaimer accompanies the production, “Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.” While a clever marketing campaign, I can attest this disclaimer should not be taken lightly! With enough jump scares to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout, the Olivier Award-nominated Ghost Stories really is the scariest show playing in the West End.”

The Times: ★★★★ “Depends in part for its wicked delight on jump scares and nightmarish plot twists. Co-directed by the creators and Sean Holmes, it first opened nine years ago and there has also been a film version, yet it still springs its flesh-creeping surprises.”

Broadway World: ★★★★★ “Ghost Stories is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure, but that’s not all it is. The play juggles humour and feeling, hitting uncomfortable pressure points in-between frights in a well-calibrated exploration of fear. Dyson and Nyman are, once again, triumphant.”

The Spy in the Stalls: ★★★ “Dyson and Nyman clearly know their stuff, and how to build suspense. There are a few nods to other classic tales in this genre. Fans of the paranormal will enjoy the way in which the actors set up each story, ably assisted by a flexible set, designed by Jon Bausor, but most of all by the sound and lighting effects (designed by Nick Manning and James Farncombe, with special effects by Scott Penrose).”

View From the Cheap Seat: “There are strong performances from all; Simon Lipkin really has the gravitas as a Professor who can keep his audience engaged, entertained and educated in the paranormal and Richard Sutton as the Businessman gives a really charming performance despite playing an unlikeable character. As the blurb says “Keep the secret”, this play is best enjoyed when you know very little about it.”

Musical Theatre Musings: ★★★★ “Ghost Stories is a masterclass in building up tension and how all elements of theatre seamlessly work together to create the scariest show I have seen!”

Ghost Stories will play at the Ambassadors Theatre until 4 January 2020.

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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.
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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.

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