Hammer continues its revival with the company’s
first stage production.
A new adaptation of Henry James’ Turn
of the Screw, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz,
opens at London’s Almeida Theatre in January.
It’s the first theatrical outing for Hammer
Theatre of Horror, who will be co-producing the
Hammer’s Simon Oakes called the play a “toe
in the water”, adding that “The
long-term idea is to create shows that can then
become content for our film business as well."
Thankfully, he didn’t repeat his comment
from when Hammer’s live stage plans were
first announced, where he suggested that theatre
was the most important creative art form –
a bit of a (presumably unintentional) slap in
the face for all the people making (and enjoying)
Turn of the Screw certainly seems
to fit into the current Hammer style of period
ghost stories that have already been filmed, though
it remains to be seen if this production will
lead to a movie.
The play runs from January 18th to March 16th.