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. 

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Opening at the Mercury Theatre on the 23rd February, this new adaptation by Tim Luscombe directed by Daniel Buckroyd will tour the UK until the 26th May.

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

To find out more about the tour visit: https://www.turnofthescrewplay.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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