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casting the runes

Two stories by M. R. James

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry


Montague Rhodes James wrote his ghost stories to perform to friends in the years leading up to WW1. Today they have lost none of their power to terrify and amuse. Now Nunkie Theatre Company returns to the Old Red Lion with two of James’s very best, in another thrilling one-man show.


In Casting the Runes we meet the unforgettable ‘Abbot of Lufford, ’ Mr. Karswell: magic lanternist, historian of the occult, and scourge of the academic establishment. The story is perhaps best known for being the source for the classic 1950s horror film ‘Night of the Demon.’


It is partnered here by one of James’s most neglected masterpieces: The Residence at Whitminster in which a dark shadow is cast over the precinct of a peaceful English church…


“Storytelling at its best…”The Stage


Robert Lloyd Parry has spent the last decade entertaining audiences with his candlelit retellings of classic fantasy tales. He was seen recently on BBC1 playing the part of M. R. James in Mark Gatiss’s biographical documentary, ‘Ghost Writer’.


Suitable for age 12+


Running time: 100 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)



Monday 21st January 2019 at 7.30pm



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The Box Office will open 30 minutes before the performance for cash / card sales and collection of pre-booked tickets.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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