Edge-of-your-seat production of Henry James' classic on this May

Janet Dibley leads the cast in UK tour of Henry James’ classic…an edge-of-your-seat production that was the original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black 

Following a critically acclaimed tour in 2018, Henry James’ iconic, genre-defining, ghost story, Turn of the Screw has embarked on a UK tour once again and will be play at Derby Theatre from Tuesday 7 until Saturday 11 May.   

1840. A young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection.

Janet Dibley plays the role of The Governess, with Maggie McCarthy as Mrs Grose. Janet first became a household name in the much-loved ITV hit series, The Two of Us. She went on to star in a number of TV roles including Eastenders, Doctors, Broadchurch and more recently, Coronation Street. Her most recent theatre work have been the acclaimed tours of Kindertransport, A Murder is Announced and Women on the Verge of HRT. In 2016, Janet created and performed the title role in the huge hit UK tour of Jackie the Musical and later this year, can be seen back on the screen in the BBC’s award-winning series, Shakespeare and Hathaway. Maggie McCarthy has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre, including Call The Midwife for the BBC.

This fresh and thrilling adaptation of Turn of the Screw from Tim Luscombe deftly retains the ambiguity of James’ original, and lets audiences draw their own conclusions about the events at Bly and where guilt resides.

The production is presented by Dermot McLaughlin Productions Ltd in co-production with the Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand and joined for this tour by Exeter Northcott Theatre. Adapted by Tim Luscombe, it is directed by Daniel Buckroyd (Spamalot and the Derby Theatre and Mercury Theatre co-production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet, which played at Derby Theatre in 2016). Design is by Sara Perks (who also designed the gloriously gory set for Sweeney Todd). 

This new adaptation of Henry James’ seminal tale, the original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and a number of films, is a masterclass in stage-craft deliciously atmospheric set and lighting design and an evocative soundtrack.

Turn of the Screw guarantees stylish, edge-of-your-seat theatre that is provocative, moving and above all, terrifying! 

More information and book here.