This year’s festive thriller at South London’s Jack Studio Theatre is Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and it’s likely to be a howling success.
Adapted for the stage by Russ Tunney, Joan Aiken’s classic novel, loved by generations, is brought to life in a thrilling, funny and heart-warming adaptation.
The Brockley Jack broke with convention a few years ago and returned its home produced Christmas shows to their Victorian roots when traditional productions were darker and more Gothic.
They have since enjoyed sell-out Yuletide successes with The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Haunting and The Mystery of Irma Vep.
It is 1832. Wolves roam England, terrorising the countryside in greater numbers than ever before.
At the Willoughby Estate, in the grip of a cruel winter, Bonnie and her orphaned cousin, Sylvia, are left in the care of a chilling governess Miss Slighcarp, whose mysterious plans place the future of Willoughby Chase at risk.
As the wolves circle ever closer, the cousins must uncover the treachery that puts their lives in danger and embark on an epic adventure which takes them from the snowy grounds of Willoughby Chase to the dark heart of London.
Joan Aiken started writing from the age of five. During her lifetime she published over 100 books for children and adults, including the acclaimed Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 12 book series and several highly regarded sequels to Jane Austen novels.
Russ Tunney is a theatre director and playwright who was associate director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, for ten years where is wrote, produced and directed over 40 plays.
He is currently writing Believe – a sceptical ghost play.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, directed by Kate Bannister, runs at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, from December 13 to January 6.