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A new, spine-chilling ghost story comes to Guildford this September, following a run at London’s Park Theatre.

9th September 2021

James Milton and Paul Morrissey’s new ghost story, When Darkness Falls, comes to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 September.

On the small island of Guernsey, local history teacher, John Blondel, runs the Island’s only Historical Society. Tonight, as part of the Society’s weekly vlog, a young writer who has been researching the island’s mysterious and often frightening folklore, has been invited to give a talk. As his seemingly innocent stories unfold – many of which are based on true events – it isn’t long before they reveal dark pasts, disturbing truths and unforgettable terrors.

Will Barton will star as John Blondel, after playing Boris Johnson in the sell-out run of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson in 2020. Will Barton’s most recent theatre includes: The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Toast (Park Theatre and New York). He also played Boris Johnson in the 2017 BBC Two drama Theresa V Boris. Other television includes A Confession, Vanity Fair and two series of How Do You Want Me?.

The show’s illusions will be designed by John Bulleid, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, whose other theatre credits include Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London – current Magic & Illusion assistant), The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (The National Theatre – associate to Jamie Harrison) and The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre, London – associate to Chris Fisher).

When Darkness Falls is James Milton’s first full-length play. Paul Morrissey’s other writing includes the play Bingo! and the new musical Toys. When Darkness Falls is directed by Paul Morrissey and designed by Justin Williams, with lighting by Bethany Gupwell and sound by Daniel Higgott.

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