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Modern day Ghost Story coming to Cirencester this Autumn

Room 13 Barn Theatre Cirencester

The Barn Theatre presents
A modern haunting
Inspired by the ghost stories of M.R. James

The Barn Theatre to premiere Room 13 by Duncan Abel & Rachel Wagstaff this autumn – a new modern-day ghost story on stage, inspired by the ghost stories of M.R. James

Barn Theatre, Cirencester
From Saturday 28 September – Saturdy 9 November 2024

The Barn Theatre have today announced the world premiere of Room 13, a brand-new play by Duncan Abel and Rachel Wagstaff, inspired by the ghost stories of M.R. James, set in the modern day. Opening on Saturday 28 September and running through to Saturday 9 November, with a press performance on Tuesday 1 October.

In a lonely hotel, four strangers are forced to spend the night in Room 13. Bearing the weight of their own grief, shame and darkness, they come to realise that Room 13 has secrets of its own. As the four solitary souls develop unexpected bonds, they each share something from their past that still haunts them – stories of a painting that conceals a horrific secret; a macabre song that whispers in the depths of night, and children’s voices that echo from a forgotten well. As the veil between the present and the past, the living and the dead, becomes frayed, the new companions will have to face their darkest fears if they are ever to escape Room 13…

Duncan Abel and Rachel Wagstaff said, “We are thrilled to be working with The Barn again and very excited to premiere our new play, Room 13, in the Barn’s unique theatre – the most perfect and evocative space for this original ghost story!"
Full casting and creative team to be announced.
Since launching in 2018, the Barn Theatre has gained national recognition having produced over 20 Built by Barn shows and being awarded The Stage Awards’ Best Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2019. Last year, the theatre celebrated its fifth anniversary with a season that included world premieres of Simon Reade's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Waiting For Anya, Jonathan Lynn’s final instalment of his classic series I’m Sorry Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember, as well as a reimagined revival production of the musical Once and the world premiere of a musical adaptation of Treasure Island. Recent 2024 highlights have included Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Fiend, and Constellations.

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