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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
2nd November 2021 - 6th November 2021
Welcome to Sleepy Hollow. Population 436.
May you never leave!
With Hallowmas celebrations fast approaching, the residents of Sleepy Hollow spin tall tales of legends and unsightly entities. But who can tell truth from nightmare?
Ichabod Crane enters an eerie world of secrets and unsettling tradition as he arrives in Sleepy Hollow to become the town teacher. While quickly finding friendship with the town patriarch and his spirited daughter, his presence is not wholly welcome.
But not all is as it seems, for Ichabod Crane harbours his own dark secret. He is not in Sleepy Hollow by chance. When disturbing events overwhelm the small town, he finds himself swept up in a dangerous mystery which leaves him doubting his own sanity.
Coronation Street legends Wendi Peters and Bill Ward lead an incredible ensemble in this thrilling new adaptation. Transforming the American Dream into the American Gothic, Sleepy Hollow unleashes one of the most terrifying monsters from the horror canon – the Headless Horseman.
Production Photographs by Craig Sugden
Enormously entertaining and occasionally riotous production that regularly bursts into dance and activity. Finely acted whilst not taking itself too seriously. Thoroughly enjoyable, thanks.
The View From The Stalls
For some years, Tilted Wig have been bringing their shows to Malvern (the theatre is in fact a co-producer) - recent productions include Our Man In Havana, Travels With My Aunt, Great Expectations, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Murder, Margaret and Me and Lady Chatterley's Lover.
With each show, they add their own quirky values which enable them to stand out from the crowd.
And so it is with their latest one - the somewhat innocuous and innocent sounding The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - which incorporates the whole gamut of the company's expertise. For in order to portray the horror of the gothic story (originally published by American author Washington Irving in 1819 and written in Birmingham as it happens, but here written by Philip Meeks (possibly also in Birmingham!)), there is just about everything you could think of - music, dancing, fighting, special sound and lighting effects, magic, an imaginative set, some very clever illusions, the cursed headless horseman… Somewhere there must be a kitchen sink too (indeed one character does disappear down one!)
The show also has two well-known leads in Coronation Street stars Wendi Peters and Bill Ward, though their characters' situation here could hardly be more different from treading Weatherfield's Lancashire cobbles. Here, it is a dark and mysterious world that they inhabit as Widow Mariette Papenuss and Baltus Van Hassel - their names betraying their origins as earlier European settlers. Hallowmass (November 1st) is a day of legends and secrets in the small town of Sleepy Hollow (population 436). It is this strange, sometimes welcoming world which teacher Ichabod Crane has to contend with whilst ingratiating himself into the Van Tassel family to get their money. The story unfolds and amidst the gloom, there are moments of humour, especially Tommy Sim'aan (who plays Joost de Groot) and his portrayal of Alice (most actors play a number of different roles in the show). The rest of the cast are Sam Jackson (Ichabod Crane), Rose Quentin (Katrina Van Tassell) and Lewis Cope (Brom 'bones' Van Brunt), all talented actors and a credit to the company.
If you like your theatre experience to be straight drama with no surprises, you may not appreciate this different take on the famous story. But if you enjoy something which, like their other shows, is a bit quirky and a bit different, then this will be right up your street.
Even the programme is something definitely out of the ordinary…
Went last night,but left at the intermission, it was awful, if I hadn’t seen the film I wouldn’t have even understood what was meant to be going on