THE WITCHING HOUR
M. R. James ghost stories by candlelight with Nunkie Theatre
At Kensal Green Cemetery on Sunday the 3rd October 2021 - 7:00 pm

Over a century after they were first published,  London Month of the Dead invites you to hear these classic ghost stories as you've never heard them before - in a graveyard in the month of October. As dusk falls in the cemetery the gatekeeper will guide you on a torchlit procession, picking your way through the tombstones until you reach the chapel where you will discover how the ghost stories of M R James still retain their power to terrify and amuse.

Montague Rhodes James is best known today as a writer of tales of the supernatural, but he was also a distinguished medieval scholar and was Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge university and later Provost of Eton college. Both these stories feature a classic James scenario in which a slightly fusty gentlemen academic comes into contact with an old object which turns out to be possessed of otherworldly powers. Supernatural forces in James’ works were never benevolent but invariably sinister and deadly.

This gripping one man show performed by Robert Lloyd Parry retells two of the earliest and eeriest stories. In Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book, a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees. The Mezzotint describes how a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford.

Tickets £15 including a delightful Victorian punch and a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery

NUNKIE THEATRE
Nunkie is a literary storytelling unit, committed to bringing to life the most thrilling short stories in the English language, on stage and film.

 

 

 

 

Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel