This show was singularly the biggest waste of my time and money of anything I've attended in the West End in the last couple of years. At the end of the show we were asked not to reveal the 'secrets' of Ghost Stories, but I'm about to... The secret is that it's absolute cr4p...don't waste your money going to see it!
I feel sorry for the actors, as they're doing a job and insofar as that goes, they performed well, but when it comes to the premise of the whole thing, and the writing...don't get me started!! It was weak, lame, childish...take your pick. There were 3 main scenes and as someone else said, a whole lot of padding around those scenes'. There was one main 'shock' per scene which wasn't very shocking, and a feeble effort to tie some of the scenes together at the end. Along with turning the air-con down to give you a physical chill and wafting smells through the auditorium, this was one for the Trade Descriptions authorities. I was outraged at the blatantly false advertising surrounding this show, along with the totally unnecessary health-warnings for those of a nervous disposition, not to mention the 'way too kind' reviews in the trade-press.
In short, I was disgusted by the gall of these writers and producers to take my money for that rubbish, and disgusted with myself for falling for it!! - TheatreLover
20 Sep 10
'Ghost Stories' is a mesmerizing theatrical experience. Scary, yes (moments that make you flinch or jump in your seat, and some people screamed...they sounded scared to me!) but darkly humourous too, with a deeply psychological seam that subtly heightens the tense atmosphere and sense of foreboding, building to a haunting climax that stays with you for some time afterwards.
There are visceral shocks, but underlying 'Ghost Stories' are psychologically disturbing elements exploring the dark recesses of your mind & its these that remain with you.
The writing is the thing here and Jeremy & Andy Nyman's script is superb, playing with audience expectations, a brilliantly constructed narrative with twists and turns and twisted moments, deftly drawn characters and with emotion and a sense of morality at its core.
Superb sound and lighting, an astonishing set and excellent actors also play an important part in making this a sublime piece of theatre and a brilliantly entertaining evening!
It spooks, chills, touches you & entertains in equal measure.
Reviewers posting here - don't ruin it for people going to see it by mentioning the play's content or saying what happens!:(
- Scarlet Blue
01 Mar 10
Although agreeing with the other reviews that the play is by no means as frightening as it has been hyped up to be, it still offers some genuinely unsettling moments. Above all, it is good fun and some of the theatrical devices are extremely clever. That withstanding, there are some awful bits too, without wishing to give too much away, there is a rather embarassing apparition that appears at one point that was supposed to be shocking, but really just made me want to laugh. I can't help but wonder whether the creators were actually wanting this to be the case? There is a certain, campy OTT homage to some of the worst excesses of the horror genre that run through the piece, which i thought just added to the overall appeal. If you want a fun, not too challenging night out, then this is as good as any. But just don't expect to be scared witless. - Martin Morgan
28 Feb 10
This looked really good on BBC2's culture show and being a fan of League of Gentlemen/Derren I got a ticket to the Lyric. I expected lots of shocks, atmosphere and loads of clever effects/sets. What I got was 90% padding/time wasting! For a v. short play (80 mins - no interval) it was far too slow paced. Most of the play is one guy talking (for example the first 20 minutes!) There are only 3 stories (mostly with one actor each time) and a "so what!" twist at the end. There are three or four main stage changes and shocks, but nothing amazing. I was more bored than scared! I think the audience were more scared by all the anticipation/hype than the actual play. Needed more stories, a faster pace and more shocks than 4 in 80 minutes! I saw "Shockheaded Peter" at the Lyric which was brilliant!.... - Pimply Whatto
27 Feb 10
Boo! Scared? No neither was I.
We all sat in the auditorium wanting to be frighten. Wanting the unexplained. And while Andy Nyman was a charming antithesis to his boss Derren Brown Sean Holmes production never delivered. Creaking set changes ruined the suspension of disbelief and the darkness of our own imaginations and vulnerability was never explored. It was like an amusement ride that failed to deliver. Under 15s sneaking in under the radar might get the thrill of the illicit, but for everyone else over 16, we want a bit more. And guys if I wanted a Kaiser Soze ending I'll watch the Usual Suspects thanks! - Neil, London
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