Ghost Stories, Arts Theatre, London
It’s a Tuesday night…
You’ve finished your day at the office and you head into Central London where you meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in years. You catch up over a couple of drinks while looking out on bustling Leicester Square and you couldn’t feel more relaxed.
The only thing wrong with this picture is that the drinks you’re currently having are going to come in very useful in two hours… as Dutch Courage. Because, in two hours, you’re going to see ‘Ghost Stories’ in the West End, and there’s a good chance you won’t sleep tonight…
I’ve wanted to see ‘Ghost Stories’ since seeing the adverts on the walls of the tube stations earlier this year, but I didn’t think I would get to see it as it was on for a short run (and I’d generally rather see a happy musical on an evening than a horror show).
In spite of this, I haven’t been as excited about seeing a show in a long time!
Maybe it was due to the adrenaline pumping through my body, unaware of what was in store, but I was still excited. Although my friend, Ed, kept asking me why I had dragged him to this, of all shows!
As the show requests that we keep ‘Ghost Stories”s secrets, I shall honour this request. Plus, I would hate to ruin the show for anyone going to see it. But I can say that I had a brilliant evening, full of suspense, shocks and hilarity!
The show comprises of a storyteller who questions the existence of ghosts, and with the aid of three other actors, tells some recollections of people’s other-worldly experiences.
I spent a good portion of the show watching through my fingers, looking over my shoulder, and squealing like a little girl. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one so I didn’t feel too bad… Ed was worse than me!
The audience bond through their shared fear and then laugh together with relief once the moments are over; happy that they have survived, no doubt!
There is no interval, so the story isn’t interrupted, and you are so gripped on what’s going on, and it moves at such a fast pace, that you barely notice 80 minutes have gone by. (Coming out of the theatre at 9.30 makes it ideal for a midweek showing too as there are still plenty of people around to help you feel comforted.)
Saying that, though, I didn’t come out of the show terrified and unable to walk the streets alone, but I came out buzzing, having had a ‘jolly good time’!
I would highly recommend ‘Ghost Stories’ as a midweek visit with friends. You will have a whale of a time and it certainly makes for a more interesting evening than watching another ‘Come Dine With Me’ repeat. Just ensure you take a drink into the theatre with you; you’ll need it!
Thank you to Official Theatre for a wonderful evening of thrills, chills and spills (wine got away from me a bit!).