“A Warning to the Curious…”
Two Ghost Stories by M R James, Performed by R M Lloyd Parry
“Storytelling at its finest…” The Stage
Over a century after their first publication, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one-man show retells two of the eeriest.
Lost Hearts was among the first stories James wrote, and it offers one of his most memorable villains, the predatory scholar Mr Abney. It is paired here with the author’s most poignant and personal work: A Warning to the Curious, in which a young archaeologist is haunted and hunted by the guardian of an ancient treasure. The English seaside has never looked so menacing.
Every Christmas, in the years leading up to WW1, M R James would write and perform a new ghost story, to entertain friends in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge. This gripping one-man show gives audiences the opportunity to experience these chilling masterpieces in the way they were originally enjoyed. “James dedicated his stories to ‘those who have at various times listened to them,'” explains Lloyd Parry, “and I try to evoke the tone, atmosphere and setting of his original performances.”
Robert Lloyd Parry played James in Mark Gatiss’s acclaimed BBC documentary Ghost Writer. A Warning to the Curious follows the critically acclaimed Oh, Whistle…, A Pleasing Terror, and Casting the Runes, which have toured the UK, USA and Ireland.
“Utterly mesmerizing” The Washington Post
“Lloyd Parry was hypnotic, holding the audience in thrall…” The Orcadian
Friday 28 January 1930