Chilling tales to terrify and amuse at St James

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Robert Lloyd Parry as M R James. Credit Shelagh Bidwell

AUDIENCE members will have a spine chilling experience when performer Robert Lloyd Parry brings his popular one-man show ‘A Pleasing Terror’ to the stage at St James.

Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. Robert Lloyd Parry brings two of James’ classic spine-chillers back to life.

In Canon Alberic’s ‘Scrap-book’, a young antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town 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 in Oxford.

Since December 2005 Robert Lloyd Parry has been performing a trilogy of one man shows based on the stories of M R James, the greatest writer of supernatural tales in English. His uncanny resemblance to the author has been noted with a shudder by more than one enthusiastic audience member.

Critics have described Lloyd Parry’s performances;

  • Wonderful, magical storytelling. The Daily Mail
  • Lloyd Parry is always absorbing, and catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality. The Times
  • Lloyd Parry’s beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine. Metro
  • Storytelling at its finest. The Stage

The performance takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at St James concert and Assembly Hall. Tickets are £10, (£9 FOSJ) and £5 for students available from the box office on 01481 711361 or on

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