A HAUNTING new adaptation of Henry James’ classic ghost story Turn of the Screw comes to York Theatre Royal from May 21 to 1 June1 with Janet Dibley as the Governess.

1840. A young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone.

There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past.

The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection.

This new adaptation of Henry James’ iconic tale, which was the original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, is a masterclass in stagecraft, with captivating performances, deliciously atmospheric set and lighting design, and an evocative soundtrack.

Yorkshire born Janet Dibley was last seen at York Theatre Royal in Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced.

Other recent theatre work includes Kindertransport and Women on the Verge of HRT. In 2016 she created and performed the title role in the hit UK tour of Jackie the Musical.

Her TV credits include The Two of Us with Nicholas Lyndhurst, EastEnders, Doctors and Coronation Street. Later this year she will be back on screen in the BBC’s Shakespeare and Hathaway.

The cast also features Maggie McCarthy, last seen at York Theatre Royal in Sandi Toksvig’s comedy Silver Lining, Amy Dunn and Elliot Burton.

Turn of the Screw is produced by Dermon Mclughlin Productions in association with The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The play is recommended for those aged 14and over

Tickets are from £15 and available from the box office on 01904 623568 or go to yorktheatreroyal.co.uk