The Dead

The third installment of in situ:’s popular Ghost Stories series, a project now in its tenth year, a project dedicated to the discovery and performance of the most powerful works in the genre, many by unjustly neglected writers of power and ambition.

Ghost Stories III features extraordinary stories from Ancient Greece to the present day, featuring some of the greatest writers of the genre or any genre.

We start with Homer.  Odysseus journeys to Hades and encounters The Dead. In their thousands. He sacrifices a sheep and the ghosts pour out of Erebus, attracted by the smell of blood. The most ancient ghost story of all in a new translation by Richard Spaul. 

The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover, by Elizabeth Bowen, is an old legend reimagined in the London Blitz. A woman returns to her bomb-damaged London house to find a letter from a former lover. A man who has been dead for 25 years! He’s coming to claim her. A masterpiece of suspense and claustrophobia.

The Signal Man

In The Signal Man, by Charles Dickens, a man twice sees a ghost at the entrance of a railway tunnel. The ghost shouts warnings and signals danger. Dreadful accidents and deaths follow each appearance. Then it appears a third time. What does it mean? What is the danger?

An extraordinary story with the power and clarity of myth, by one of the greatest writers of all times.

Actor-Singer-Storyteller Richard Spaul brings his unique vocal gifts to bring out the sublime terror of these magnificent stories. The mysterious Cambridge Leper Chapel creates the perfect atmosphere. 

“Brilliant storytelling… Magical… Engaging”
“Scared the living daylights out of me”

Ghost Stories III

Directed, told and sung by Richard Spaul

Friday 26 – Saturday 27 July, 2024
Friday 16 – Saturday 17 August, 2024
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: The Leper Chapel, Cambridge | Map
Tickets: £18 available in advance and from 7.30pm at the venue.

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