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Stories Before Bedtime

Written by The Reader, 5th October 2011

Stories Before Bedtime is a series of late-night readings at the Criterion Theatre in London's Piccadilly Circus, designed to champion the love of reading and stories and to transport the audience back to a time when being read aloud before bedtime was a fundamental part of everyday life.

Each evening will feature three classic stories that revolve around a central theme, read by well-known actors and writers. As well as reminding people of the power and joy of storytelling aloud, the selection of readings are designed to discover or rediscover classic tales.

The first scheduled Stories Before Bedtime is a ghost-themed ‘Halloween’ special on Friday 28th October 2011, featuring Tim McInnerny reading M R James’ Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad and Mark Gatiss, reading E F Benson’s ‘In The Tube’.

The series is hosted by the Criterion Theatre, in association with The Reader Organisation and Vintage Classics (which hold the top 20th century classics list in the UK).

Stories Before Bedtime ONE: A Halloween special of ghost stories
Friday 28th October, 10.30 pm
Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1V 9LB

Get dressed up in your favourite Halloween outfit, order a Devil's handshake cocktail from the bar, and bed down for some ghoulish storytelling treats.

Featuring Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen) reading E.F.Benson and Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill, Blackadder) reading M R James.

Tickets: £12.50 (£10 GIR member/concession available in person from the Criterion box office)

Book your tickets online or call 0844 8471778

Dressing up strongly encouraged.

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