July 15, 2015

image001The ticket for “Ghost Stories”, currently playing at the Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House until 15 August, carries the warning “Latecomers Not Admitted, Under 12’s Not Permitted / Unsuitable for Under 15’s”.

If those words don’t prepare you for the possibility that you will be scared and frightened, the promise of a truly terrifying theatrical experience that is not for the faint hearted will. Those with a nervous disposition or any other medical conditions are advised to carefully consider their decision to attend.

Written by the masters of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, “Ghost Stories” mixes the very best of theatre with all the thrills of a great horror film, taking you on a chilling journey, with no interval to spoil the tension.

Originally produced by the Liverpool Playhouse & Lyric Hammersmith (UK) before transferring to London’s West End, “Ghost Stories” has been spooking theatre goers in Toronto and Moscow. Now it’s Sydney’s turn to laugh and scream in equal measures. Despite nearly half a million people seeing the play, details of its plot and storyline are shrouded in secrecy. There’s only one way to know what happens in the show – see it for yourself.

Lynden Jones as Professor Goodman brings together the spooky tales experienced by John Gregg as Tony Matthews, Aleks Mikic as Simon Rifkind and Ben Wood as Mike Priddle.

I found some of the special effects were quite incredible and enhanced the tension.

Audience members who wish to experience the show’s thrill again, just need to take the back page of their programme, along with their used ticket, to the box office where they will receive a ticket for another performance.

Sandra Tiltman