Wilde about a Spooky Christmas Tale; PREVIEW: The Canterville Ghost, Chepstow and Cowbridge

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FOLLOWING their successful summer tour of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Gloucester-based theatre company Rain or Shine are presenting a new stage adaptation of his delightful short story The Canterville Ghost.

Shortly before Christmas1884, the Otis family from America move into the ancestral home of Sir Simon de Canterville, a 300-year-old ghost.

The culture clash that ensues as the brash new American materialism and stuffy old British tradition battle it out for control of the house is charming, witty, farcical and moving.

Only Miss Virginia Otis is concerned about the ghost; can she save him from having to haunt Canterville Chase for all time? Suitable for ages seven and upwards the story, including sing-along Christmas carols, is sure to set the scene for this festive season.

Rain or Shine normally specialises in outdoor summer tours of classical theatre to castles, stately homes and gardens throughout the UK.

They usually focus on classic comedy productions of works by Shakespeare, Sheridan, Goldsmith and Vanbrugh and have entertained tens of thousands of theatregoers since forming in 1998. …