Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Ghost Stories, Lyric Hammersmith

Last night I went to see Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith. It's written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also performs in it. I saw him in Moonlight and Magnolias at the Tricycle Theatre a couple of years ago. He was brilliant in that and he's brilliant in this, too, though he's better known as a magician and the director/co-creator of Derren Brown's shows. Jeremy Dyson is one of the creators of The League of Gentlemen and also co-wrote Funland.

Ghost Stories is billed as being very scary, which it isn't, fortunately. It's a night of illusion, misdirection and loud bangs, with the fantastic sets (Jon Bausor), lighting (James Farncombe) and sound (Nick Manning) combining to create some marvellous coups de theatre. I particularly liked the ending; endings are difficult (how often have you been to the theatre and the play just sort of fizzles out? Sometimes it's difficult to know whether or not you're supposed to clap yet) but the writers have found a neat, very satisfying way of wrapping up the show.

I went to see Ghost Stories with the West End Whingers so look out for their review, though for now the latest on their site is for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies' which they have rechristened 'Paint Never Dries'.

Ghost Stories is only 80 minutes long and you can still get tickets for £10. It's on until 3rd April.

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