Gothic drama is followed by spooky story at the Old Town Hall

Rebecca Vaughan in Female Gothic
Rebecca Vaughan in Female Gothic

A breakneck blast through the Bard’s back catalogue will be centre stage at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall tonight, but once the Reduced Shakespeare Company pack up their funny folio the mood turns much darker at the High Street venue.

On Saturday night the Victorian era comes into focus with Female Gothic from St Albans-based Dyad Productions.

Rebecca Vaughan has adapted and performs this examination of the impact made by female writers on the Gothic tradition, taking in the likes of Mary Shelley, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit and others along the way

In the eerie space between life and death, a haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and uncanny, of love, loss, death and the darkness beyond. Not a lot of laughs there...

Female Gothic was a five-star success at Edinburgh in 2012 and continued Dyad’s run of hit shows including Austen’s Women, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and The Diaries of Adam and Eve. Tickets are £12 with £10 concessions, and Dacorum Card holders pay just £8.

And that’s not the end of the shiversome shows in the run up to Hallowe’en, which include a midnight screening of notorious horror film The Exorcist.

Next Saturday, October 26, sees the Rumpus Theatre Company take on Joseph Conrad’s The Ghost Ship.

His tongue loosened by liquor in the cosy corner of a seaside inn, the famous author tells his daughter Bea and her husband-to-be Joe the spine-chilling tale of a storm-battered ship and the ghost of a fearful sailor who comes to haunt all their dreams.

Admission here is £10 (£8 concessions, £6 Dacorum Card). To find out more and book, call 01442 228 091 or visit the website at www.oldtownhall.co.uk.