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Using a talented and versatile troupe of professionally-trained actors and crew, we perform at
theatres, festivals and events across the United Kingdom.
Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin both writes and performs in each show, bringing a lifelong love of Victorian
detective, ghost and horror stories to the fore. His commitment to detail and understanding of fin de siecle Zeitgeist ensures
that audiences are guaranteed a splendidly authentic slice of stage-frights!
Technical Director Gary Archer shares this fascination with old-time classics of popular genre fiction, but adds a
twenty-first century twist! His effective and innovative use of digital technology succeeds in pumping new blood into these
gothic gems, to create an exciting theatrical experience for audiences dying to see their favourite nineteenth-century heroes
and villains come to life before them.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is our pleasure to bring before you a plethora of performances this season! In the Victorian
tradition of fog-bound chillers and sensational thrillers, our stage-players are delighted to unveil a kaleidoscope of
nineteenth-century theatrical treats...
Formed in 2010, Don't Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire's finest practitioners of
theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein.
The company is based in the heart of the West Midlands, and the region has links with some of the greatest Victorian and
Edwardian genre writers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began his career as a writer while practicing medicine in Birmingham
and Fu Manchu's creator, Sax Rohmer, was born there, too. Washington Irving penned his classic horror tale, "The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow" whilst living in Birmingham, and Charles Dickens performed often at the second city's Town Hall,
giving the very first public reading of "A Christmas Carol" there in 1853.
The famous humourist Jerome K. Jerome, author of "Three Men in a Boat"was born in nearby Walsall. Both he and Dickens
were marvellous exponents of the macabre tale when the mood took them, and the spirits of all these nineteenth-century
greats haunt our stage-work.
Read an interview with Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin in ‘The Spectral Times’
Read an interview with Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin in ‘The Twisted Sister Blog’