Get your frightening fix just after Halloween with a petrifying performance based on a Charles Dickens classic at the Old Town Hall.
The High Street venue is hosting the Rumpus Theatre Company’s production of the classic Victorian author’s Captain Murderer – showing this Saturday, November 1.
The ghoulish new play is based on the macabre short horror story of the same name by one the country’s most famous writers.
Captain Murderer is just one of Charles Dickens’ large number of short stories, which he wrote among more than a dozen major novels, a handful of plays and several non-fiction books.
In Captain Murderer, the well-to-do titular character is a serial ladies’ man but, as the show reveals, all his brides come to a deliciously sticky end.
The Captain preys on wealthy young women, marries them and gets a kick out of baking them – yes, baking them – into pies.
However, when he turns his attentions to twin sisters, he finds the tables turned in a fiendishly clever act of revenge.
This play is full of luscious waltzes and devilish joie de vivre.
A spokesman for the theatre company said: “This is a gorgeously ghoulish new version of the horror classic that promises to be a Halloween helping of nerve-tingling ‘don’t look behind you’ suspense.”
> Captain Murderer at the Old Town Hall, Saturday, November1 at 8pm
Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions. Seats can also be bought for £9 with a Dacorum Card or£5 if you are a mamber of UpStaged.
The production is not suitable for those under the age of 14.