Turn of the Screw

“Gives the audience a spine tingling night’s entertainment” (theatrelife)

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.

“It jumps through time telling the story with all its twists and turns” (theatrelife)

This brand new and “deliciously atmospheric update” by Tim Luscombe is “intelligent, insightful and infused with other worldly menace” (The Stage). “Director Daniel Buckroyd, skillfully balances believable psychological drama against lurid Victorian phantasmagoria” (The Stage) on Sara Perks “superb set” (britishtheatre.com).

Turn of the Screw has been interpreted or adapted many times and provided rich inspiration for The Woman in Black (written in 1983). Accommodating Henry James’ much-overlooked prologue this new Turn of the Screw is faithful to the original “casting new light on its ambiguities”. “Revelling in the text’s contradictions (it) picks apart the tales’ layered unreliable narratives” (The Stage).

This dynamic, thrilling adaptation of Henry James’ much-loved and genre defining classic ghost story Turn of the Screw lets you draw your own conclusions about the events at Bly and where guilt resides.


Recommended for 14+yrs


Produced by Dermot McLaughlin Productions with The Mercury Theatre Colchester and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

By Henry James

Adapted by Tim Luscombe

Directed by Daniel Buckroyd

Cast includes Carli Norris, Annabel Smith, Maggie McCarthy and Michael Hanratty


“Tightly-wound and deliciously atmospheric production”
“…intelligent, insightful, and infused with otherworldly menace”


"impressively seamless"
"not just a ghost story ... but a psychological thriller"


“This is a remarkable adaptation by Tim Luscombe”
“There are parts of this story which leave you spellbound.”


“Pitch perfect.” HENLEY STANDARD



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Running times

Act 1 45 mins

Interval 20 mins

Act 2 55 mins

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