Bringing tales to life from page to stage

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Literature goes live at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, this autumn with classic novels, powerful spoken word and poetry and biopics of great writers brought to the stage.

London Contemporary Theatre will present a new adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’, Charles Dickens’ famous tale of crime and criminality, on Wednesday, October 8 at 8pm. On Sunday, November 16 at 7.30pm the company returns with a unique production of ‘Macbeth: In Pitch Black’.

Dumbshow Theatre will bring its critically-acclaimed version of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Pearl’ to Square Chapel on Friday, November 21 at 8pm. A classic tale of wealth, greed and love, the play will be followed by an audience discussion of the show and book. Those interested in taking part should contact the box office on 01422 349422.

Spoken word events include The Poetry Army with John Hegley and a community cast on Saturday, September 27 and Elvis McGonagell on Thursday, October 30.

Thought-provoking shows that explore the lives and work of literary greats include ‘Dylan Thomas’ Final Journey on Friday, October 24 and ‘The Wilfred Owen Story - Bullets and Daffodils’ on Saturday, November 1.

Robert Lloyd Parry will perform two of MR James’s best ghost stories on Saturday, November 8. For full details call 01422 349422.