The Headless Horseman is coming to Oldham this Halloween.
Date published: 06 October 2021
Wendy Peters and Bill Ward star in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Stars of the stage and screen Wendi Peters (Big! The Musical; Coronation Street) and Bill Ward (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Emmerdale), lead a thrilling new production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
The ghoulish and edge-of-the-seat experience comes to Oldham Coliseum this Halloween – from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 October.
Washington Irving’s classic tale has been adapted by acclaimed playwright Philip Meeks (Murder, Margaret and Me; Harpy), unleashing one of the most terrifying monsters from the horror canon on stage – the Headless Horseman.
With Hallowmas fast approaching, Sleepy Hollow simmers with anticipation. Arriving as the new teacher, Ichabod Crane finds himself embroiled in the secrets and unsettling traditions of the locals.
However, all is not as it seems. When disturbing events overwhelm the small town, he finds himself swept up in a dangerous mystery which leaves him doubting his own sanity.
Wendi and Bill will be joined on stage by Sam Jackson (Skins, E4; Beautiful Thing, National Tour) as Ichabod Crane, alongside Rose Quentin (York Witches Society, MSR Media), Lewis Cope (Vera, ITV; Witness for the Prosecution, London County Hall) and Tommy Sim'aan (As You Like It, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Doctors, BBC).
Transforming the American Dream into the American Gothic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow unleashes terror on the stage, in a heart-pounding visual masterpiece directed by Jake Smith (The Hound of the Baskervilles; A Christmas Carol), with jaw-dropping illusions by Filipe J. Carvalho (Back To The Future The Musical; Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things).
Director Jake Smith comments: “Sleepy Hollow is undoubtedly one of the greatest horror stories ever written and a tour de force to stage.
This production has at its heart the power of nomadic storytelling and gathering around the campfire for a good ghost story.
This production has allowed an incredible ensemble of actors to viscerally and inventively bring the Hollow to life. We look forward to transporting the audience through a quest of logic and illusion, creating fear and defying expectation.”
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