League of Gentlemen member Jeremy Dyson and co-writer Andy Nyman were supported by a raft of actors, comedians and writers including Ed Byrne, Ben Miller, Charlie Brooker, Morwenna Banks, Toby Stephens and David Baddiel on the opening night of their new play Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith last night (1 March 2010, previews from 24 February).

"Master of the macabre" Dyson was also reunited with his three fellow Gentlemen - Steve Pemberton, Mark Gattiss and Reece Shearsmith.

Dyson and Nyman, who describe themselves as “die-had horror fans”, premiered the show at the Liverpool Playhouse last month (See News, 28 Jan 2010). The creative pair said: “We've dreamt of doing a show like this since we first met each other at the age of 15. We are incredibly excited at the prospect of enthralling, thrilling and scaring people in the theatre, it really is a dream come true for us.”

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The production, which is co-directed by Lyric artistic director Sean Holmes, carries a warning: “Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 16. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.”

Nyman’s stage acting credits include Moonlight and Magnolias, but he’s best known for co-creating and directing Derren Brown’s TV and stage shows. In Ghost Stories, he’s joined by Nicholas Burns (Fat Pig on stage, TV’s Misfits), David Cardy and Ryan Gage.

Ghost Stories continues at the Lyric Hammersmith to 3 April 2010.