The Mist In The Mirror - New Wolsey Theatre

The Mist In The Mirror

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Presented by Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Adapted by Ian Kershaw from the novel by Susan Hill

Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill author of The Woman in Black, this tense and atmospheric new production is an otherworldly mystery that leaves a terrifying eeriness suspended in the air.

A ghostly chill falls over the New Wolsey this spring with a traveller's strange tale of threats from beyond the grave.

The Mist in the Mirror is a gothic fireside story which the audience is invited to eavesdrop on. Visual theatre innovators 'imitating the dog' will once again be on hand to create an unnerving ethereal atmosphere before the show even begins and an unsettling feeling that might just follow you home at the end of the night too...

Cast & Creatives

Paul Warriner — Mr James Monmouth

Paul’s Television credits include: The Grand (ITV), Casualty (BBC), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Shameless (Channel 4), Holby City (BBC), The Bill (BBC), Accused (ITV), In The Flesh (BBC3) and a semi-regular role on Coronation Street (ITV) as DS Redfern. He can soon be seen in major new children’s series World’s End (CBBC).

Theatre credits include: A Patriot For Me (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Deep Blue Sea (Watford Palace Theatre) and Script In Hand (Piece of Work Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival).

Jack Lord — Reader

Jack trained at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.

Theatre credits include: Rock Of Ages (Ambassador Theatre Group national tour), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), The Jungle Book (Citizen Theatre, Glasgow), Crime and Punishment  (Citizen Theatre, Glasgow, Edinburgh Lyceum and Liverpool Playhouse), Cooking with Elvis (Derby Theatre), The Wind in the Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Midsummers Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Royal Court, Liverpool), Twelfth Night (Grosvenor Open Air Theatre and Chester Performs), Our Country’s Good (Original Theatre’s No. 1 Tour), Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal, Bury St  Edmunds and No. 1 Tour), A Christmas Carol, Grimm Tales and The Glee Club (The Library Theatre, Manchester), Ladies’ Night (Royal Court, Liverpool), The Wizard of Oz and Dad’s Army (The Lowry, Salford), Absurd Person Singular (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Get Carter (Red Shift Theatre Company) and Antony & Cleopatra, Pictures of Clay, Major Barbara, Hobson’s Choice, A Moon For The Misbegotten, King Lear and Rotten Apple (all Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

Television and film credits include: Eternal Law (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), The Street II (ITV), Pierrepoint (Granada Films), Coronation Street (ITV), Cold Feet (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV) and North Square (Channel 4).

Sarah Eve — Esther

Sarah trained at The Centre Artistique Internationale Roy Hart, France.

Theatre credits include: As You Like It and Macbeth (Bingo Dragon Theatre Co.), The Taming of the Shrew (Lancaster Castle), Robin Hood (The Dukes Theatre), That Face, Earthquakes in London (Soho Theatre and Lowry Studio) and Mephisto (Mark Whitelaw).

Caroline Harding — Lady Viola Quincebridge

Caroline’s theatre credits include: The Plantagenets, King John, Mary and Lizzie, Much Ado About Nothing and Some Americans Abroad (Royal Shakespeare Company ), A Doll’s House (Wolsey, Ipswich) The Crucible (Leicester Haymarket) Death of a Salesman and Frankie and Johnnie (Octagon Theatre Bolton), The Real Thing (Library Theatre Manchester), All My Sons (Oxford Stage Company), Betrayal and The Secret Rapture (Millstream Theatre National Tour), House of Ghosts (Calibre Productions), The Clandestine Marriage (Bristol Old Vic)  Max Klapper and The Great Highway (Gate Theatre, London) Two Sisters (24:7 Theatre Festival), Pretty Witty Nell, Postcards from Maupassant (Two Friends Productions - National Tours)

Television credits include: Doctors (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Mount Pleasant (Sky), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Casualty (BBC), Spooks (BBC), Cold Blood (ITV), Bad Mother’s Handbook (Television Ruby), The Royal (ITV), Strictly Confidential (Channel 4), Life on Mars (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Fish (BBC), Dangerfield (BBC), Degrees of Error (BBC), A Touch of Frost (BBC), The Buddha of Suburbia (BBC) and Waiting For God (BBC).

Radio Credits include: 1834 (BBC) and Share and Share Alike (BBC).

Caroline is co-founder of Two Friends Productions.  She has written three plays for the company: Postcards from Maupassant, Two Sisters (nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards) and Pretty Witty Nell (a one woman play about the life of Nell Gwynn).


Martin Reeve — Dr Valentine Dancer

Martin is very happy to be back at the Coliseum having previously appeared in The Wind in the WillowsAbsurd Person Singular and Neville’s Island. Other theatre work includes Embers (Bike Shed) and You and Me (Kaleider), both in Exeter, Present Laughter (The Royal Exchange, Manchester), Abigail’s PartyCharley’s Aunt, Alfie and A Taste of Honey (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), A Marginal Affair (Library Theatre, Manchester), The Crucible and The Snowman (Leicester Haymarket), Antony and Cleopatra and  A Study in Scarlet (Orchard Theatre Co.), Gimme Shelter (Liverpool Playhouse), Sunday Monday (Birmingham Rep), The Bloomers and The Secret Agent (Durham Theatre Co.) and The Duchess of MalfiThe Life of Galileo, A Family Affair and The Idiot  (all Contact Theatre, Manchester).

Television and film credits include: Two years with Emmerdale (ITV) as Brian Addyman, roles in Cornonation Street (ITV), Downton Abbey (ITV), Doctors (BBC), The Bill (BBC), Dead Clever (Granada), Sorted (BBC), Anatomy of a Crime (BBC), Shameless (Channel 4), Heartbeat (ITV), Outlaws (BBC), Murphy’s Law (BBC), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Phoenix Nights II (Channel 4), A Good Thief (ITV), 24Seven (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Fat Friends (ITV), Little Bird (Granada), At Home with the Braithwaites (ITV), Medics (Granada), Daziel and Pascoe (BBC), Peak Practice (ITV) and Brookside (Channel 4).

Radio credits include: Doing it in the Street, The Paris Wife, Mr Punch Says…, Auberjackl, Madame Bovary, The Return of the Native, War and Fish, Black Five Foot Nothing, Radio Fun: Series One, Fresh From The Coast, The Book of Ladies, Catholics, The Right Chemistry, Life as Sport, I See the MoonPraying Hands, The Wrong Side of the River and The Big Silver (all BBC) and A Room of Her Own (Pier Productions).

He has made two documentaries for Radio 4, one about Street Theatre and one about Punch and Judy. He is also probably the world’s leading academic authority on Punch and Judy having completed his ethnographic research PhD on current performers of the tradition at Royal Holloway College in 2010.

He lives on Dartmoor with his wife and children.

Reviews of The Mist In The Mirror

What the press say

The show is well worth booking to see for the stunning staging and skill of the actors


Ian Kershaw’s adaptation is a rich and unusual box of horrors

The Independent

Layers of visual creepiness

The Stage

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