A CRITICALLY acclaimed ghost story is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester next week.

Shock Horror will take audiences on a terrifying journey into childhood nightmares and being afraid of the dark.

Obsessed with finishing his life’s work, a horror fanatic returns home to a haunted cinema. As his mind unravels, painful memories begin to wake from the dead – but something else waits for him, something much worse.

Hampshire Chronicle: The show uses a range of practical and special effects to create scaresThe show uses a range of practical and special effects to create scares (Image: Mark Brenner)READ MORE: Political satirist bringing latest comedy show to Winchester next year

Described as Stranger Things meets The Woman in Black, this haunting show is the first of its kind to combine multi-media screen action with live stage performance.

Shock Horror will be at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25.

The cast includes Alex Moran (War Horse, National Theatre) as Herbert, Chloe Proctor (Emmerdale) as Norma, Joseph Carter (Hollyoaks) as Jack, and Chris Blackwood (Miss Julie; Gulbenkian Arts Centre) as Karras.

Hampshire Chronicle: The show has been critically acclaimedThe show has been critically acclaimed (Image: Mark Brenner)The show has been written by Yorkshire-based playwright and filmmaker, Ryan Simons (Eastenders).

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Ryan said: “Shock Horror was inspired by a desire to create the next horror classic by bringing together our love of scary films and stage horror. We wanted a ghost story that had broad appeal, something that resonated with both teenagers and adults to entice the next generation into the theatre.

“We’ve created a unique experience for a horror show by incorporating a cinema screen within the set design, films are carefully woven into the live action to create a blended performance that makes the play visual, captivating, and terrifying.”

Tickets for Shock Horror can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Winchester website.