Island tour

Peter Duncan to headline New Ghost Story WHEN DARKNESS FALLS UK tour

Peter Duncan will star as John Blondel and Daniel Rainford as The Speaker in the chilling ghost story, WHEN DARKNESS FALLS. After a successful season at London’s Park Theater last summer and a short tour, there will now be a full UK tour, starting September 15 at the Grand Theater in Blackpool. The tour currently runs until October 29, 2022, with further dates to be announced for 2023. Written by James Milton and Paul Morrissey, production will be directed by Paul Morrissey.

On a stormy night on the small island of Guernsey, a young paranormal expert joins a skeptical history professor to record the first in a series of podcasts based on the island’s incredible folklore and paranormal history. As the expert tells his terrifying stories, the teacher learns that we all have our own truth, our own story. The ghosts that haunt us; that bring together past, present and future in unexpected ways; ways that can threaten to upend everything we think we know.

Inspired by true events, this powerful new production from James Milton and Paul Morrissey takes us into dark pasts, reveals disturbing truths and explores the power of stories. Perhaps most important, the ones we tell ourselves.

Actor, film and documentary director, former Boy Scout leader and 1980s Blue Peter man, Peter Duncan has a career in theatre, television and film that spans five decades. Peter began his stage career by joining Laurence Olivier’s National Theater. He became a household name when he joined Blue Peter in 1980. After a TV appearance he started appearing in musical theater roles such as Barnum, Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl, Charlie Chaplin in The Little Tramp and Denry Machin in The Card, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Most recently he appeared as Wilbur Turnblad on the UK Tour of Hairspray.

Daniel Rainford recently completed a UK tour of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, in which he played the lead role, Tommo – a role he also played in its first Nottingham Playhouse run. His other stage credits include Once Upon a Time in Nazi-occupied Tunisia at the Almeida Theater in London. Her screen credits include This Year’s The Batman starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz. Rhys Jennings will be the understudy for both roles.

The show’s illusions are designed by John Bulleid, an Inner Magic Circle associate with Silver Star, whose other theater credits include The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (The National Theater – associate with Jamie Harrison), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London – current assistant to Magic & Illusion) and The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre, London – associate of Chris Fisher).

Writers Paul Morrissey and James Milton have worked together for 15 years. James is currently responsible for the content of the Imperial War Museum’s new Holocaust galleries. His first book, The Holocaust, was published in 2021. Paul has written several other plays including Bingo, The Wickies and Alcatraz.

WHEN DARKNESS FALLS is directed by Paul Morrissey and designed by Justin Williams, with lighting by Bethany Gupwell and sound by Daniel Higgott.

The WHEN DARKNESS FALLS UK Tour is produced by Paul Morrissey Ltd, Christopher Wheeler and Molly Morris in association with The BARD, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Glynis Henderson Productions.


WHEN DARKNESS FALLS is proudly associated with Unxplained Podcast and Richard McClean Smith will appear at selected venues where audiences can expect an exclusive live episode of Unexplained as part of the show/ticket price. Dates to be confirmed.

Unexplained is a hauntingly story-driven podcast in which host and creator Richard MacLean Smith explores a different unexplained mystery each week – often to terrifying effect. With each episode, MacLean Smith takes the listener on an atmospheric journey through the weird and weird, taking in everything from bizarre stories of supposed time slips, disappearances and UFOs to chilling unexplained deaths and dabbling in occultism.

Best of iTunes 2016 and one of the world’s most popular paranormal podcasts, Unexplained was an international hit reaching number 2 on the Apple Podcast charts in the US, UK and Canada with over 50 million likes. flow to date.


15 – 17 September Grand Theatre, Blackpool 01253 290190 for sale

20 – 22 September Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 01935 422884 for sale

23 – 25 September Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple 01271 316523 for sale

27 September – 1 October Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320333 on sale

3 – 8 October Palace Theatre, Southend 0343 310 0030 for sale

11 – 15 October New Theatre, Cardiff 0343 310 0041 for sale

25 – 29 October Oldham Coliseum 0161 624 2829 for sale

31 October – 5 November Beau Sejour Theatre, Guernsey 01481 223200 soon on sale