December 6, 2013
Theatre scholars, Dr Geraint D’Arcy and Prof. Richard Hand will be in London this weekend performing a recreation of 'Pepper’s Ghost’, the legendary Victorian stage illusion.
This will take place in Regent Street, in the very same location the illusion was first staged in December 1862. The show will include – as it did in 1862 – a scientific lecture and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Haunted Man which includes the eerie phantom effect and the original music by Edward Frewin specially recorded for this production.
The production has been commissioned by the University of Westminster [which now inhabits the Royal Polytechnic Institution building where 'Pepper’s Ghost’ was born] as part of their Staging Science conference, organised by our former English colleague, Prof. Martin Willis:
The event was sold out within a few days of it being publicly announced and will include representatives from Channel 4 and the BBC as well as leading international scholars.
You can follow the performance on Twitter #peppersghost