PREVIEW: Joseph Conrad’s The Ghost Ship, The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields

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SPINE-CHILLING drama returns to The Customs House this week with a new stage adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Ghost Ship.

The Rumpus Theatre Company’s ghost stories seem now to be as much a part of the South Shields theatre’s calendar as its pantomime.

Appearing each year around Halloween, Rumpus picks a different classic author each year and brings their spooky short stories to life.

Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker and Wilkie Collins are among those to have had their work given the Rumpus treatment.

The cobbled streets and historic buildings of the Mill Dam in South Shields are the perfect setting for these spooky tales, but this year the riverside spot and its maritime heritage make it an especially fitting venue for The Ghost Ship.

When an old sea dog tells his daughter and her fiancé the spine-chilling tale of a storm-battered ship and the ghost of a fearful sailor, little do they know the nightmare they will unleash which will haunt all their dreams.

The Ghost Ship features Amanda Howard, who appeared in TV series Band Of Gold as well as Rumpus’s The Haunted Bride and a number of other productions by the company.

Customs House marketing consultant Peter Darrant said: “Rumpus is a fantastic company who really know how to create an atmospheric tale.

“We have them back year after year because the feedback we have from our audiences is always fantastic.”

He added: “The play is suitable for all ages and there’s nothing to offend children under 10 – apart from a few spooky moments!”

The one-night production takes place on Thursday November 7 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £13 and £11 conc. and are available from The Customs House box office on (0191) 454 1234 or via

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