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Two Ghost Stories for Christmas: M.R. James

by The Leeds Library


R M Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre recreates two tales from the master of the English ghost story.

First performed to friends at Christmas at King’s College, Cambridge, his eerie tales have woven their way into the fabric of our imaginations. Nunkie Theatre bring two of these uncanny stories of lurking malevolence back to life – and where better to do so than the splendour of the oldest library of its kind in the country?


‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be James’s masterpiece.

It is beautifully complemented here by ‘The Ash Tree’, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.




Lloyd Parry catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality

The Times


Lloyd Parry’s mastery of the role… is itself an act of possession

The New Yorker


Storytelling at its finest…

The Stage


A note about accessibility – Unfortunately, our Grade II* listed building is not currently fully accessible. We have a stair lift from the ground floor foyer to the first floor but are unable to install a through-floor lift due to the building’s historic status. Please email us on enquiries@theleedslibrary.org.uk if you have any questions around access, and we will do everything that we can to accommodate you.


The Leeds Library is committed to making its building and collections accessible to everyone in our current capital building works project The Next Chapter Project. To find out more, please visit the website HERE.

Date and Time

Thu, December 14, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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