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Gather close for a candlelit evening of chilling, contemporary tales and haunting folk music.

Following the successes of HighTide Rising in May and Herring Girls: greater than we are alone at Lowestoft’s First Light Festival in June, HighTide announces Ghost Stories by Candlelight, commissioned as the first tour under new Artistic Director Clare Slater. 

Opening at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on 13 October then touring the East of England through Autumn before a short run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in November. These chilling tales, accompanied by haunting folk music, present a modern twist on the genre from the ‘Witch Counties’ of East Anglia, the home of the ghost story.

Written by Kelly Jones, Shamser Sinha and Nicola Werenowska, directed by Elayce Ismail and with music and songs composed by Georgia Shackleton.

Clare Slater, HighTide Artistic Director of HighTide said today, “I am delighted to have commissioned four of the best storytellers in East Anglia to share an evening of fiercely contemporary ghost storiesThrough music, song and story, Ghost Stories by Candlelight celebrates the people, landscape and fragile natural world of our region. We can’t wait to tour it far and wide across the East of England and then transfer it to the stunning Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London during their 10 year anniversary season.”.

GHOST STORIES BY CANDLELIGHT: 13 October – 25 November

  • Friday 13 October: Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
  • Mercury Theatre, Colchester: Wednesday 18 October
  • Two Sisters Arts Centre, Felixstowe: Friday 20 October
  • The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh: Saturday 21 October
  • The Seagull, Lowestoft: Tuesday 24 October
  • Cambridge Junction: Thursday 26 October
  • King’s Lynn Corn Exchange : Thursday 2 November
  • Sheringham Little Theatre: Saturday 4 November
  • Wingfield Barns, Suffolk: Wednesday 8 November
  • Wells Maltings, Norfolk: Thursday 9 November
  • Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe: Thursday 23 – Sunday 25 November

Tickets & Further Information: Ghost Stories by Candlelight | HighTide