Lancaster Castle invites in the ghostly tales

Helen Longworth
Helen Longworth

Seven ghost stories, four top readers and one very spooky castle are this years ingredients for ‘Ghostly Tales’.

In what is known as the scariest month of the year, demi-paradise productions will be coming to Lancaster Castle to perform ‘some of the greatest ghost stories ever written’.

The production will take place at The Shire Hall in Lancaster Castle on October 17 and 18 at 7.30 with tickets now on sale at £8 adults and £6 students and under 11s.

The tales will be told by the company’s associate directors and actors, Sue McCormick, Ian Blower, Helen Longworth (pictured) and Chris Hallam.

The actors will be bringing to life intimate readings of some of the spookiest ghost tales which will be told in candle lit rooms adding to the nights scarefest.

Associate director Sue tells tales from early 20th Century New England in The Lost Ghost by Mary Wilkins and Full Fathom Five by Martin Woollacott, followed by a narration of Christmas honeymoon by Chris, which is Howard Spring’s unusual take on the paranormal while Ian reads a trio of powerful short stories set in the battlefields to mark this year’s First World War centenary.

Helen meanwhile revels in animating Algernon Blackwood’s unmatchable nail biter, The Empty House which she is eager to retell at this years 6th Ghostly Tales.

Helen said:“I first discovered The Empty House whilst performing as part of a theatre company aboard the QM2.

“We performed once a week late at night for the passengers and sumhow reading it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in the dark gave it an extra creepy twist because it has a really slow and effective build as two characters make their way around this empty haunted house.

“I’m looking forward to retelling it now from the more stable ground of the atmospheric Lancaster Castle.”