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The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner - Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DESCRIBED as a rip roaring, thunder-soaked gothic farce, The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner transfers to London’s Charing Cross Theatre following a five-star sold-out success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

This ‘blistering thrill ride through Old England and over dead Empires’ plays late nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until November 23, 2013.

From the sandblasted foothills of Peru to the haunted back streets of Edwardian London, part Grand Guignol, part One Man Two Guvnors, The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner is told for the first time and by the kind permissions of the Faulkner and Thorndike Estates.

It’s the true and terrifying tale of a foredoomed young gentleman who convinces an impoverished undertaker to dig up his great grandmother, in order to rid himself of a terrible and somewhat expensive, family curse.

Also included is a very useful tip on how to avoid an exploding pancreas, how not to speak to dead people, and a rather interesting fact about the hill tribes of the South Pacific.

The cast includes Joshua Haberfield as the cursed hero Faulkner; Neil Henry as the dashing and overexcited undertaker Thorndike; Harriette Sym as the delicate yet deadly Miss Francis; and Anil Desai as the mysterious and conflicted Peruvian of no fixed abode.

Written by Tim Downie, The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner is directed by Anthony Coleridge and designed by Martin Thomas, with costumes and props by Charlie Gardner. The composer is Chris Bartholomew and assistant director is Simon Paris.

Also at Charing Cross Theatre: Gill Adams’ Keeler.