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Missing Halloween? Get back into the spooky mood with Queen’s Theatre’s The Invisible Man

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 November 2017

Left to right: Paul McEwan and Matthew Spencer in The Invisible Man. Picture: Mark Sepple

Left to right: Paul McEwan and Matthew Spencer in The Invisible Man. Picture: Mark Sepple

Mark Sepple

There’s nothing I like to do more than binge-watch a good mix of classic and terrible horror movies throughout Halloween week.

Some people love Christmas and all the festive cheer that it brings, I get excited when every street corner looks like a scene from The Walking Dead and homes are decorated in cob webs and skeletons.

But that’s just a personal preference.

Nevertheless, getting to see The Invisible Man at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, after the spookiest day of the year was ideal.

H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic is set in the 19th century in Great Portland Street, London, where scientist Jack Griffin discovers something that he has quite literally never seen before.

Later on, the arrival of a sinister-looking figure wrapped in bandages in a small village in West Sussex sends everyone’s tongues wagging.

Fears of the faceless man soon spiral out of control following a series of mysterious incidents and the villagers want nothing more than to hunt him down.

The production, adapted by award-winning theatre-maker Clem Garritty, lures you into another time on the brink of historic scientific discoveries and makes you forget about the modern world beyond the theatre doors.

But the musical outbursts, although entertaining, could be deemed as a distraction, taking you away from the tension built up scene by scene as actor Matthew Spencer, who plays Jack Griffin, draws you in as he descends into madness.

You cannot keep your eyes off him, as every moment leads to another piece of the puzzle being put into place as to how he became invisible and how he lost his mind in the process.

Actor Paul McEwan, who plays Jack’s trusted friend, gives a sophisticated performance while actress Eleanor Wyld, the invisible man’s girlfriend Lucy, is definitely one to watch out for at the West End, as she portrayed the intelligent and independent character to a “T”.

If you’re missing the spookiness of All Hallow’s Eve, then this production will certainly get you back in the mood.

The Invisible Man is being performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch until November 18.

For more information, visit queens-theatre.co.uk

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