Warm up those post-Christmas blues with a scarily good ghost story this January. Classic Ghosts comes to The Grand from Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 January, with two major actors at the helm – Jack Shepherd and Terrence Hardiman.
Award-winning veteran actor Jack Shepherd has a long and distinguished career in film, television and on stage. His awards include a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, a Plays and Players London Critics’ Award, and a Time Out Award. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe in the television series Wycliffe.
Jack’s extensive television includes the highly acclaimed Waking The Dead, The Other Boleyn Girl, Silent Witness, Man And Boy, Lorna Doone, In The Act, Omnibus – Vincent Van Gogh, Blind Justice, The Party, Lovejoy; The Politician’s Husband (Daybreak); Slave Trader (Diverse Productions) and Cracking Up (Channel 4).
Shepherd is also renowned for his film work, including: Churchill at War, His Dark Materials – The Golden Compass, Cock & Bull Story, Boudica, Charlotte Grey, Toss Pot, Wonderland,Wonderland, No Escape, Blue Black Permanent, Blue Ice, Luces Y Sombras, Woman At War, Escape From Sobibor, Simon Wiesenthal – A Murderer’s Among Us.
Theatre credits include Through A Cloud, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges (all Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Macbeth (Arcola Theatre); Andorra (RNT/Young Vic); The Merchant Of Venice (Globe Theatre); Jane Eyre (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); It’s Ralph (Comedy Theatre); The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, The Futurists, Glengary Glen Ross, The Iceman Cometh, American Buffalo (all Royal National Theatre); Through A Cloud (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Half Moon, King Lear (both Southwark Playhouse); The Honest Whore, Two Gentlemen of Verona (both Shakespeare’s Globe) and Measure For Measure (National Theatre Studio).
Born in London, Terrence began his career as a “walk-on” at The Old Vic, then spent three years in repertory at Bristol and five with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among parts for the latter were Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus, and Starveling in the famous Peter Brook production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Terrence is perhaps mostly remembered as playing the titular Demon Headmaster in the children’s television show of the same name. But he has had a rich television career, including in Softly Softly, Secret Army, Diary of a Nobody, Wish Me Luck, The Moonstone, Poirot, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Moon and Son, Hannay, Prime Suspect 3, My Father’s House, Crown Court, Bergerac, Beck, The Charmer, Midsomer Murders, Courtroom, The Worst Week of My Life, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Worst Witch, Slave Trade, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, three series of The Demon Headmaster, four series of Cadfael, and Doctor Who.
Hardiman has also been involved in a wide range of work in theatre, including The Changeling and French Without Tears (English Touring Theatre) ; Called To Account and Bloody Sunday (Tricycle and Abbey, Dublin); Road To Ruin (Orange Tree); Blithe Spirit (Yorkshire Playhouse); Present Laughter (Tour); The Country Wife (Tour); Season’s Greetings (Windsor); Twelfth Night (Westcliff); John Bull (Bristol); Lady Audley’s Secret (Lyric, Hammersmith); The Curse of the Werewolf (Stratford East). In a musical version of The Demon Headmaster, he reprised the title-role that he created on television. Several seasons of pantomime also saw him appear as the villain.
More recently, Terrence Hardiman played Neville Chamberlain in Never So Good at The National Theatre, and Duke Theseus in the semi-opera The Faerie Queene at Glyndebourne.
Classic Ghosts is a double-bill of ghost stories The Signalman by Charles Dickens and Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James.
Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 January
For more information and tickets visit the show page
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