Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW

This spring sees the world premiere of a dynamic new adaptation of Turn of the Screw embark on a UK tour, starring Carli Norris (Pygmalion, Albery Theatre; EastEnders, BBC; Hollyoaks, Channel 4) and Maggie McCarthy (Children of the Sun, Cocktail Sticks and Mother Clap's Molly House, National Theatre; Doctors, BBC; Call the Midwife, BBC/Neal Street Productions; Attack the Block, Film 4; Calendar Girls, Touchstone Pictures). This thrilling production of Henry James' much-loved classic ghost story is faithful to the original and captures its much-celebrated ambiguity.

Set in 1840, a young governess agrees to look after two orphans, a boy and a girl, in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But, shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others - the ghosts of Bly's troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and those under her protection.

Henry James' original novella ends with a cliffhanger where the boy dies in the Governess' arms and the reader is left to draw their own conclusions. The prologue is not so puzzling; James informs the reader that the Governess wrestled with these troubling experiences for most of her life until she had to write them down shortly before her death. Tim Luscombe's brilliant new adaptation dramatises the passage of time in a thrilling and surprising way whilst remaining completely true to James' story.

Combining a framing of a story within another and employing one of the first uses of the unreliable narrator, Henry James created a unique sense of uncertainty and ambiguity for the reader. Consequently Turn of the Screw has been much debated since its publication in 1898, having defined the genre of psychological horror. It has been the source for many adaptations on stage and screen including the film The Others.

Tickets are available from individual theatre box offices https://www.turnofthescrewplay.com/

Photo Credit: Robert Workman

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith and Carli Norris

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith and Carli Norris

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith and Maggie McCarthy

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith and Michael Hanratty

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Annabel Smith and Michael Hanratty

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Carli Norris

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Carli Norris and Daniel Buckroyd

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Maggie McCarthy

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Maggie McCarthy

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Michael Hanratty

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW
Michael Hanratty and Annabel Smith



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