Ghost Stories Granted Surprise Extension
Duke of York’s Scary Show Extends, as does Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre
Ever since “Ghost Stories” first opened in Liverpool it has been a show that everyone has been talking about – featuring stand-out writing and genuinely scary turns – and as a result its inevitable transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith and then West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre has seen it continue to draw in the crowds. This came to a surprise standstill in the last few months and its planned booking period to October 2011 was slashed to late June 2011 instead. But it seems that audiences have picked up again as the show is granted a surprise extension, which will see it continue to scare audiences until mid-July.
“Ghost Stories” does exactly what it says on the tin – it presents a series of spooky stories to delight and scare the crowd – and does so with the framing device of a paranormal lecture. Audiences are encouraged to keep the details of proceedings under wraps so as to maintain the surprises for future patrons and this has led to crowds being shocked as twists and turns keep coming.
It has also got some top writing talent behind it in comedian and magician Any Nyman and “The League of Gentleman” writer Jeremy Dyson.
Though it was due to bow out in June, it is now booking until Saturday 16th July 2011.
Meanwhile, over at the Phoenix Theatre, elsewhere in the West End, “Blood Brothers” continues in its 23rd year in the capital and its 20th at its current home. The show is the enormously popular musical from Willy Russell that focuses on twin brothers that live separate lives – one with the working class Mrs Johnstone and the other with her wealthy employer Ms Lyons. Whilst one lives a hard life on the dole and in and out of prison, the other gets into Oxbridge and finds a good job in the city.
It originally appeared at the Lyric Theatre in 1983 and closed later in the same year, only for it to be revamped and reopened at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) in 1988, before transferring to its current home of the Phoenix.
It has now been granted a large booking extension at its home that takes it to Saturday 24th November 2011.