Henry James’ classic ghost story Turn of the Screw is coming to the Gaiety Theatre in the form of a new stage adaptation from June 4 – 8.
Set in 1840, a young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. However, shortly after her arrival, she realises 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 the innocents under her protection.
First written in 1898, the novella is considered a classic of both gothic fiction and horror and has been continually adapted in other mediums even a century after its publication. These have included a 1950 Broadway play, the 1961 film The Innocents, as well as the upcoming Steven Spielberg produced movie The Turning and the second season of Netflix smash hit series The Haunting of Hill House.
This new adaptation of the iconic tale stars Janet Dibley (Doctors, EastEnders, The Two of Us) and Maggie McCarthy (Dancing on the Edge, Call the Midwife). The Gaiety call it: “A masterclass in stage-craft, with captivating performances, deliciously atmospheric sets and lighting design and an evocative soundtrack.”
Reviewers seem to agree. Turn of the Screw earned a five-star rave from Theatre News who called it “impressively seamless…sophisticated…thought-provoking,” while The Stage called it ‘intelligent’ and ‘insightful’.
Tickets are on sale now. They cost from €21. For information about Turn of the Screw at the Gaiety, visit the theatre’s website at www.gaietytheatre.ie.
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