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The Turn of the Screw: a question of ghosts

Explore the adaptations of Henry James' ghostly novella with music historian, Dr Lucy Walker.

The Turn of the Screw: a question of ghosts

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Join us for this online event to explore the adaptations of Henry James' ghostly novella with music historian, Dr Lucy Walker.

Among the numerous adaptations of Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw is an opera, composed in 1954 by Benjamin Britten. For some critics at the time, the adaptation diluted or even removed the ambiguities of the original story by portraying the ghosts as living, singing presences on stage. For others, enough ambiguity remained in Britten’s musical setting to preserve the story’s mystery. 

She will explore this adaptation of The Turn of the Screw – and several cinematic versions – and discuss the ‘Question of Ghosts’ in this most classic of haunted house stories.

Lucy is the former Head of Public Engagement at Britten Pears Arts, based in Suffolk. She has given talks and presented study days at numerous concert venues and opera houses in the UK and internationally, and has edited two books on Britten for The Boydell Press. Her most recent article on Britten's life in Aldeburgh appeared in "The Lives of Houses", edited by Hermione Lee and Kate Kennedy.