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Haunting of Blaine Manor to tour

Published: 16 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Following a sell-out tour last year, including a house attendance record breaking run at Buxton Fringe, award-winning play The Haunting of Blaine Manor is to begin a 2019 theatre tour, taking in some of the most beautiful—and haunted—theatres in England.

In the North West, these include Waterside, Sale on June 21 and The Garrick in Stockport on July 5 and later in the tour The Albert Hall in Bolton, Burnley Mechanics, The Civic in Oswaldtwistle and the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.

Remaining theatres are The Hippodrome in Todmorden, The Playhouse in Halifax, The Carriageworks in Leeds, Cast in Doncaster, Batley Town Hall, The Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven and the final night of the tour is the Pavilion in Whitby on Halloween, in the shadows of Dracula's Castle on the North Sea coast.

The play is a period piece set in 1953 paying homage to the black and white ghost stories of the '50s and '60s including the likes of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Peter Lorre etc. The production has won Salford Star Best Play of 2017, some referring to it as the new The Woman in Black or Agatha Christie meets The Haunting.