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by Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory).

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TitleThe castle spectre : a drama in five acts
Author / Responsible partyLewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory).
GenreDrama and plays.
TopicsDrama and plays.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Written by Gothic writer Matthew Lewis, whose novel The Monk is one of the most enduring Gothic works from the eighteenth century, The Castle Spectre is one of Lewis' earliest forays into drama, and a strong indication of his talents as a controversial and frightening entertainer. Set in medieval Conway, Wales, the play is filled with every delicious Gothic trope imaginable: a menacing castle, a villainous nobleman hiding terrible secrets, a virginal damsel in distress, an heroic lover trying to save her, several comedic supporting characters, and, yes, the presence of a ghost. Popular when it was first staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1797, The Castle Spectre is an irresistible confection that deftly mixes light farce and romance with dark tragedy, keeping you on the edge of your seat right up to the final epilogue. Summary by Tomas Peter.

Additional Information

System control numberS13910
Original Print PublisherLondon : Printed for J. Bell by Wilks and Taylor, 1803.
NarratorChuck Williamson and a full cast.
Narrator NameChuck Williamson and a full cast.
Participant or performer noteChuck Williamson and a full cast.
Narrators GenderMale & Female narrators