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The Haunting (2022)
Charles Dickens adapted by Hugh Janes
Sat 29th October to Sat 5th November
Director – Keith Railton
Assistant Director – Jon Elves
The Play

A spine-chilling play, based on several original ghost stories by Charles Dickens.

In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret that will change both of their lives.

When a young book dealer, David Filde, is employed by a former associate of his uncle to catalogue a private library, he finds an incredible array of rare and antiquated books. But as a series of strange and unexplained events conspires to keep Filde from his work, he realises that if he is to convince his sceptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing are real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror, and beyond...

Reviews of the Play

'Great pace and terrific suspense... guaranteed to raise goosebumps' Maidenhead Advertiser

'Gripping... and fascinating too' British Theatre Guide

Keith Railton will be directing this petrifying tale (ably assisted by Jon Elves) and is holding an OPEN READING on Sunday 3rd July @ 7.30pm in the Criterion Bar. All those interested in being involved in any way are invited to attend.

AUDITIONS will take place on Sunday 10th July & Wed 13th July, both @ 7.30, when all those interested in being cast should attend.


DAVID FILDE, a book dealer, mid-twenties

LORD GRAY, a middle-aged business man

MARY, a young bride

Keith can be contacted on 07886 363341 if you would like to discuss the parts in advance of the reading or subsequent audition

EDI Assessment

In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. ‘The Haunting’ has no specific diversity message within its narrative. The play can be cast with complete neutrality on race/ethnicity. Its themes call for gender specificity in certain roles.

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