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Stage Editorial

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It’s not all comedy bloomers and panto Dames infecting our theatres this month. If you’re looking for a production that’s going to run an icy finger up and down your spine then make tracks for the Arts Centre in Washington who are staging ‘Christmas Gothic’.

For some people Christmas is all about spending money you don’t have on gifts that no one wants, but for me it’s all about the creepier side of things. The season isn’t about woeful TV specials and arguing with your Trump/Brexit loving relations. It’s about ghosts. On my exact wavelength are Dyad Productions who have previously scored big hits with ‘Dalloway’ and ‘Female Gothic’. For their latest they’re inviting you in from the cold to enter the dark Christmas spirit as a spectral woman tells three haunting tales, lighting a candle as she does so to the frailties of human nature, illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark. Performed by Rebecca Vaughan, be prepared for a macabre masterpiece that will be the perfect antidote to all things tinsel wrapped.

Christmas Gothic, Friday 13 December, Arts Centre, Washington, 7.30pm, £12/£10. artscentrewashington.co.uk