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Gift A Play Profile: The Haunting

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Gift A Play Profile: The Haunting

In support of our 2012 Gift A Play campaign, Theatre Alberta’s Library has profiled five titles featured on our Wish List. We hope that by end of our campaign you will be able to access all of these titles in our Library. This is the first of our weekly Gift A Play Profiles!

The Haunting


Charles Dickens’ The Haunting by Hugh Janes


(As of November 21) Available – only one copy left in stock!
Bought! Thank you Douglas E MacArthur for your donation.


Adapted for the stage by Hugh Janes from the ghost stories of Charles Dickens, The Haunting is a gripping thriller from the literary master of suspense. In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret that will change their lives forever.

The Haunting premiered at the Theatre Royal in Windsor in 2010, followed by an extensive UK tour through to 2012.

Playwright bio

The following is from Hugh Janes’ website:
Hugh Janes won a scholarship to train as an actor at Italia Conti Stage School in 1958. He made his professional debut the following year playing the Small Boy in Jean Anouilh’s Traveller Without Luggage at the Arts Theatre, directed by Peter Hall. He was an actor for next 25 years appearing many times in the West End, in repertory across the UK and at the Old Vic in King John and the National Theatre in Jumpers.

When the late Peter Walker asked him to write the book and lyrics for his musical Dancers in 1975, Hugh’s life changed. Over the next four years he wrote one produced play (and many more that were un-produced) before joining the long-running BBC television series Play Away. He remained with the show as writer and script consultant until 1983, whilst also devising children’s shows for other companies. Hugh has worked as a writer ever since.

Why we want it!

Murder mysteries is one of the most popular genres borrowed from Theatre Alberta’s Library. To put it simply, The Haunting is the the most popular murder mystery title currently being sold on

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