"A Spine-Chilling Masterpiece"

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"Best not go alone"

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“As thunder clapped and lights blacked out, the seriously scary ghost stories of When Darkness Falls had the audience jumping out of their seats.”

London Living Large

About the Show

These are ancient islands, and they are remote. Things have occurred here that would not occur elsewhere, that could not. There are secrets here...

Some people believe in ghosts. Some don’t. Since their existence is not proved beyond all possible doubt, to many they remain folklore: the stuff of legend. Spooky Tales of beasts and spirits, spectres, and ghouls. But to many others, ghosts are quite real. 


When Darkness Falls is a brand-new spine-chilling ghost story that delivers a twisted, terrifying, and thrilling tale that will “leave you cowering in your seat.” (The Guardian)


On a stormy night on the small island of Guernsey, a young paranormal expert joins a sceptical history teacher to record the first in a series of podcasts based on the island’s incredible folklore and paranormal history. As the expert regales his horrifying stories, the teacher learns that we all have our own truth. Our own story. Ghosts that haunt us. That bring the past, present, and future together in unexpected ways. Ways that could threaten to unsettle everything we think we know. 


Inspired by true events, this powerful new production by James Milton and Paul Morrissey draws us into dark pasts, reveals disturbing truths and explores the power of stories. Perhaps most importantly, the ones we tell ourselves.


This production may not be suitable for audiences under 15 years of age.

All Production Photos by PAMELA RAITH
Original London Cast.



Actor, film and documentary maker, former Chief Scout and 80’s Blue Peter man,Peter Duncan has a theatre,TV and film career that spans five decades.Peter began his career on stage joining Olivier’sNational Theatre and spent the 1970’s working exclusively as actor.After a stint in repertory theatre playing roles such as Billy Liar and Alan Strang in Equus, he began a TV career playing leading roles in series such as The Childhood Friend, Sons and Lovers, Renoir My Father, Warship, Sam, Fallen Hero, Survivors, King Cinder, Oranges and Lemons, The Flockton Flyer and Space 1999. His feature film credits include Stardust, Quilp, and a famous cameo in Flash Gordon when he was killed by a tree monster. He joined Blue Peter in 1980 and became a household name going on to make Duncan Dares, a series that played on his adventurous nature with stunts such as driving across the Irish Sea in a VW Beetle, walking the high wire and cleaning the clock face of Big Ben After his presenting days he began to appear in musical theatre roles such as Barnum, Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl and as Charlie Chaplin in The Little Tramp. In 1995 he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a musical playing Denry Machin in TheCard. He has toured in Alan Ayckbourn's ThingsWe Do For Love, played the twins in Corpse and appeared as Stan Laurel in a production of Laurel and Hardy. He played the roles of Macduff in Macbeth and Fantastic Mr Fox at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. In 2013, Peter portrayed the anti-hero in the title role of Charlie Peaceat Nottingham Playhouse and Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.Peter went on to tour with the Original Theatre Company production of 'Birdsong' playing Jack Firebrace, for which he garnered much critical acclaim.Also in 2014, Peter returned to our TV screens taking part in the BBC celebrity circus and gymnastics show Tumble. Peter appeared as Wilbur Turnblad in the hit show Hairspray, touring with this production throughout the UK in 2016.

In 2017, Peter premiered a new play at the Edinburgh Festival, called 'The Dame' written by his daughter Katie. It was followed by a run at the Park Theatre in London, where he was nominated for an Offie.Other previous TV credits include the 26part slapstick comedy series Demolition Dad,Channel 4’s The Games and Total Wipeout in which he lost in the final by one second. In addition to his acting work, Peter has filmed and produced a travel documentary series for the BBCcalled Travel Bugin which he, his partner Annie and their four children backpacked their way around the world. The two following series of their adventure travels called Chinese Breakaway and Arthur’s Trip to India were broadcast on Channel Five and Sky.He has a long association with pantomime as his childhood was spent watching his parents, who appeared and produced pantomimes. Peter wrote and directed the pantomimes at Oxford Playhouse for several years and appeared in many others.During the pandemic he filmed and directed two British films Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella which had a national cinema release as well as playing to over 3000 schools and to families at home. His current production is called Pantoland and can be seen this coming Christmas.He is patron of several charities including British Youth Music Theatre and Action for Children’s Arts and he is co-founder of The Natural AdventureCompany. He was given a Gold Blue Peter badge for his volunteer work as leader of the UK’s half a million scouts.


He is delighted and scared to be in his first ghost play.

Peter’s website is pantoonline.co.uk.comTwitter @peterduncans


John Blondell

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Daniel is an actor from Nottingham who trained at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama


He has recently completed a UK tour of Private Peaceful in which he played the lead role, Tommo - a role he also played in its original run at the Nottingham Playhouse.


His other stage credits include Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia (Almeida Theatre), I Don't Dance (So & So Arts Club), and AAAAA (Albany Theatre) for which he was a finalist in the London Pub Theatre Awards.

On screen he has appeared in Matt Reeves's The Batman and BBC's Doctors, and has voiced MacDowall and Jordan in Radio 4's recording of A Kestrel for a Knave.


The Speaker



U/S John Blondell / The Speaker

Trained at RWCMD.


Acting credits include:

Peter Hall’s The Rivals (Haymarket + UK Tour); The Dresser (Duke of Yorks + UK Tour); DNA by Dennis Kelly (Hull Truck + UK Tour); Emma (UK Tour); Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo (UK Tour, Belgium + Hong Kong); Humbug (Theatre Clwyd); The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon)


Audio credits include:

Doctor Who: The Curse of Davros, Confessions of Dorian Gray, The Worlds of Big Finish, The Lone Centurion (Big Finish Productions); Jack Holden in Zombies Run!, Vellichor in Dragon Flight, Abaddon in The Satan Clause (Six to Start Productions).


Audiobooks include: The Whole of the Moon, Blood Moon, and the Lesser Known Monsters series.


Winner of the Carleton Hobbs Award and part of the BBC Radio Drama Company.


Rhys is the bookwriter of folk musical The Wicker Husband which ran at The Watermill Theatre earlier this year.

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Tour Dates 2022

Thur 15 - Sat 17 Sept           THE GRAND THEATRE, Blackpool

Tues 20 - Thur 22 Sept          OCTAGON THEATRE, Yeovil

Fri 23 - Sun 25 Sept             QUEEN'S THEATRE, Barnstaple

Tues 27 Sept - Sat 1 Oct       SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE, 

Mon 3 - Sat 8 Oct                PALACE THEATRE, Southend-on-Sea

Tues 11 - Sat 15 Oct            NEW THEATRE, Cardiff

Tues 25 - Sat 29 Oct            OLDHAM COLISEUM THEATRE, Oldham

Mon 31 Oct - Sat 5 Nov       BEAU SEJOUR THEATRE, Guernsey 


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