Wendi Peters and Bill Ward to star in Sleepy Hollow tour

A new adaptation of ghost story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is to tour the UK with Wendi Peters and Bill Ward

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Wendi Peters and Bill Ward in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Headless Horseman is coming to the stage in a new touring adaptation of classic ghost story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Wendi Peters and Bill Ward.

Described as a “ghoulish and edge-of-the-seat experience”, it will open with a run from 30 September 2021 at Churchill Theatre in Bromley in east London and continue touring until 4 December 2021.

With Hallowmas fast approaching, Sleepy Hollow simmers with anticipation. Arriving as the new teacher, Ichabod Crane finds himself embroiled in the secrets and unsettling traditions of the locals. However, all is not as it seems. When disturbing events overwhelm the small town, he finds himself swept up in a dangerous mystery which leaves him doubting his own sanity.

Based on Washington Irving’s classic 1820 short story, the stage adaptation has been written by Philip Meeks whose previous plays include Harpy and Murder, Margaret and Me.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be directed by Jake Smith and promises “jaw-dropping” illusions devised by Filipe J Carvalho who has also worked on visual effects for Back To The Future The Musical and Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things.

Smith said: “Sleepy Hollow is undoubtedly one of the greatest horror stories ever written and a tour-de-force to stage. This production has at its heart the power of nomadic storytelling and gathering around the campfire for a good ghost story.

“It is an important story for now as we look at conversations around the identity of nations, communities and humankind throughout the world.

“This production has allowed an incredible ensemble of actors to viscerally and inventively bring the Hollow to life. It is a piece that shines on our actors’ athleticism, which is really exciting as we look to theatre returning.

“We look forward to transporting the audience through a quest of logic and illusion, creating fear and defying expectation.”

The creative team also includes designer Amy Watts, lighting designer Jason Addison, sound designer Sam Glossop and movement director Chris Cuming.

Wendi Peters and Bill Ward have previously worked together on Coronation Street, playing Cilla Battersby-Brown and Charlie Stubbs, and are well-known for their TV work. Peters’ stage career most recently includes Big! The Musical and Call Me Vicky and UK tours of Salad Days, Quartet and Wonderland.

Ward, who also played James Barton in Emmerdale, has worked regularly on stage including Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Viva Forever, Million Dollar Quartet and Spamalot and UK tours of Shakespeare in Love, Legally Blonde and Look Back in Anger.

It is produced by the Churchill Theatre with Malvern Theatres and touring theatre company Tilted Wig.

The show will run at the Churchill from 30 September to 2 October and then at York Theatre Royal from 5 to 9 October, MAST in Southampton from 12 to 16 October, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from 18 to 23 October, Oldham Coliseum from 26 to 30 October, Malvern Theatres from 2 to 6 November, King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 8 to 13 November, Darlington Hippodrome from 16 to 20 November , Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from 23 to 27 November and Southend Palace Theatre from 29 November to 4 December.

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