New Review | The Canterville Ghost @ Southwark Playhouse*

Rating: 4/5
Running until: 5th November 2022
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In this wonderfully unique stage adaptation, a group of 4 performers come together to tell the story of Oscar Wilde’s short story The Canterville Ghost. Interlinked with magic, comedy and psychic readings, this is a unique variety show that’s unlike anything else on the Off West End theatre circuit.

Tall Stories have assembled a really wonderful cast that get to highlight their talents. Callum Patrick Hughes as the Illusionist is an incredibly gifted performer and the illusions as part of the show were so much fun. I also enjoyed the way these folded into the story and helped drive Oscar Wilde’s narrative along. There was a really great comedy section by Matt Jopling, although he brought out this very terrifying looking puppet. But the ventriloquism was really funny that it made up for it. Katie Tranter was also fantastic as the psychic, she had some really great interactions with the audience and the tricks were superb. Tying everything together is Steve Watts as the Compere who was equally as wonderful.

The set deisgn by Barney George was excellent, minimal but was really effective in helping drive the story. The ending shot with the silhouettes was particularly strong, combined with Peter Harrison’s lighting design.

Overall, I had a really lovely time with this production and can’t wait to see what Tall Stories do next.

Until next time,

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