A Pleasing Terror

Two Ghost Stories by M R James • Performed by R M Lloyd Parry

… he has never been quite certain what words he said, but he knows that he spoke, that he grasped wildly at the silver crucifix, that he was conscious of a movement towards him on the part of the demon, and that he screamed with the voice of an animal in hideous pain…

A gripping retelling of two of the eeriest and most entertaining tales from the master of the English ghost story.

In Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book, a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the dark side of manuscript illumination, in a medieval cathedral in the French Pyrenees. In The Mezzotint, a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator…

Robert Lloyd Parry restores the charm and pleasure of the original tales with his excellent and convincing storytelling…
- Cambridge Evening News

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.

Read an article by Robert Lloyd Parry about the inspiration behind James’s Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook here.

Also, read a BBC feature on Robert Lloyd Parry's revival of James's stories here.



Preview of The Mezzotint

Photos courtesy of Shelagh Bidwell, Karl Goodfellow, Tristram Kenton, Ruth Horry, and the BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine.