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M.R James Ghost Stories £10/8


Dead Men's Eyes

Two Ghost Stories by M R James

Performed by R M Lloyd Parry 

“Put it down, you fool! Do you want to look through a dead man’s eyes?” 

Acclaimed storyteller Robert Lloyd Parry returns to the Lit & Phil with two thrilling tales by M R James, the master of the English ghost story. 

In A View from a Hill a pair of old binoculars reveal the gruesome history of an idyllic stretch of English landscape. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well.

The ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James [1862 – 1936] are widely regarded as the finest ever written and, over a century after their first publication, they’ve lost none of their power to terrify and amuse. James wrote them to perform at Christmas to friends in Cambridge, in the years leading up to World War One.

This gripping one-man show gives theatregoers the opportunity to experience these eerie masterpieces in the manner in which they were originally enjoyed – as ghostly confections, told by candlelight, to a rapt audience.

"M R James dedicated his stories to 'those who have at various times listened to them,'" explains Robert Lloyd Parry, “and I try to evoke the tone and atmosphere of his original performances.”

Dead Men’s Eyes is the sixth instalment of Nunkie’s M R James Project, a series of six one-man shows that Robert has been touring since 2006, travelling all over the UK, USA and Ireland. In 2015 he played M R James in Mark Gatiss acclaimed BBC2 documentary ‘Ghost Writer.’ 

***** "Riveting… wonderful, magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema."  The Daily Mail

Suitable for age 12+
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