5th July 2024 @ 7:30 am - 6th July 2024 @ 9:50 pm
England, 1953. Renowned American parapsychologist Doctor Roy Earle, famous for discrediting hauntings and exposing fake mediums, is invited to attend a seance in Blaine Manor, said to be the most haunted building in England.
However, Earle’s arrival awakes something horrific within the manor’s walls. As a raging storm closes them off from the outside world, Earle and his fellow guests find that what is waiting within the manor is not nearly as horrific as what has entered with him.
In the spirit of M R James, England’s most accomplished ghost story writer (Casting the Runes, Whistle and I’ll Come To You My Lad, The Haunted Doll’s House) and with a nod to the classic black and white film classics of Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayor, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. O’Byrne’s award winning production is a love letter to both the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Hammer Horror Era. An appreciation of the fabulous characters played by the likes of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Bette Davis, Peter Lorre and more.
It’s a thrilling haunted house chiller, the new The Woman in Black.
‘A horror masterclass from one of our very best and busiest writers’ – The Salford Star
‘We should not be surprised that O’Byrne has a knack for the classic ghost story’ – The Manchester Theatre Awards
‘The Haunting of Blaine Manor served as a reminder why theatre is so important, particularly for genres like horror.’ – The Theatre Talk
‘Shocking reveals and really fantastic character work from the cast, The Haunting of Blaine Manor feels plucked out of the old BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas and is highly recommended’ – Bloody-Flicks.co.uk
‘One of the best original ghost stories I’ve seen on stage in a long time. The atmosphere in the theatre was fantastic. Everything you’d expect from a strong piece of theatre rooted in Victorian gothic horror…a great piece of theatre’ – The Nantwich News
‘The fright level is well pitched. Disturbing and unsettling without relying on the cheap trick of jump scares. There’s a great deal here to appreciate and enjoy. I loved the nods to horror tropes. The powerful sense of place. Even the lavish period set. I can recommend a visit to Blaine Manor’ – The Fringe Guru