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The Black Veil to be screened online for Nottingham Theatre Royal Classic Thriller Season

While the Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, are closed, venue producers are giving audiences the chance to see some special events online.

As part of the classic thriller season, which has been running at the Theatre Royal since 1986, the Victorian theatre will be the backdrop for a new adaptation set in the same period.

Chesterfield-based Tabs productions, led by director Karen Henson, will be performing a new adaptation of The Black Veil, a Victorian thriller based on a short story by Charles Dickens.

The Black Veil. Photo: Lester Mckone (38574064)
The Black Veil. Photo: Lester Mckone (38574064)

Newly-qualified doctor Stephen Ruggles has just arrived home on a stormy winter’s evening and is warming himself by the fire.

A mysteriously-veiled elderly woman arrives at his door and begs him to visit a nameless patient at daybreak the following morning.

Against his better judgment, Ruggles agrees, only to find himself embroiled in a web of lies and deceit.

Starring Sarah Wynne Kordas, John Goodrum, Chris Brookes and Andrew Ryan, and with minimal set and lighting, this one-hour play, rehearsed and staged following social distancing guidelines, is filmed on the Theatre Royal stage.

It will be made available to view on the Royal Nottingham YouTube channel from 7pm on Wednesday (July 29).

The Black Veil will use as its backdrop the magnificent Victorian Theatre Royal auditorium, enabling viewers at home to once again see this very special venue.

“Having run for over 30 years, our Classic Thriller season is a Nottingham institution” said David Longford, the venue’s creative learning manager.

“And so even though we may not be open for business as usual, we just want to use this moment to do something a little bit different, as well as bringing the Theatre Royal stage into people’s homes”

The Black Veil is free to watch on youtube.com/royalnottingham

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