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Ghost Light

  • 102 min
  • Nightfall
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
The story of an unfortunate Shakespearean acting troupe that unleashes the infamous curse of Macbeth with horrifying results.
About The Film

Nothing is more sacred to true Shakespearian actors than “The Scottish Play,” which demands a deep reverence to always be exhibited both onstage and off during a performance. Except the reverence from ennui-engulfed Tom Riley is a bit lacking, to say the least. He’s in love with the beautiful Liz Beth, wife of pompous ham Alex Pankhurst. Liz and Alex are playing—respectively—Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in the small stage production they’re preparing for their local New England theatre. And Liz loves Tom back. Also: Tom wants to play Macbeth. Their underfoot costars make it almost impossible to be alone, until Tom decides that the Scottish Curse so oft mentioned by actors is just baloney. That’s when the witches, ghosts and murder-mayhem really get started and Tom, Liz Beth and everyone else, find themselves trapped in a stage play nightmare, albeit a hilarious one.

Ghost Light is a dark comedy with provocative and near-perfect production design and special effects. Director Stimpson executes what must be one of the most impressive stage versions of Macbeth ever portrayed on or off-camera, while his cast of characters undergo their own private Shakespearean problems, culminating in a mesh of the fantastic and tragic with just enough comedy to keep the audience from being scared away from productions of Macbeth for the rest of their lives.

- Heidi Honeycutt, Head of Nightfall

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

Director
  • John Stimpson
Producers
  • Geoffrey Taylor
  • John Stimpson
Executive Producers
  • Jennifer Chisholm
  • William Earon
Starring
  • Roger Bart
  • Tom Riley
  • Shannyn Sossamon
  • Danielle Campbell
  • Carol Kane
  • Cary Elwes
Screenwriters
  • Geoffrey Taylor
  • John Stimpson
Production Company
  • H9 Films
Cinematographer
  • Terrence Hayes
Editor
  • John Stimpson

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