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Hammer horror moving into theatre

The legendary Hammer Film Productions company, famed for classic movies including The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, was brought back to life in 2008 after a 30-year absence.

Hammer released Hilary Swank thriller The Resident, an English-language remake of Swedish vampire thriller Let the Right One In and scored a massive box office hit with Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman In Black, and bosses have now revealed they will be testing out theatre for the first time.

A Hammer production of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s play, based on the classic ghost story by Henry James, will open in London in January (13).

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Hammer boss Simon Oakes tells the BBC, “It’s very much at the creative centre of what we’re trying to do in the rebooted Hammer. It’s really a toe in the water. The Hammer name is there as a co-producer (with Act Productions) – it wasn’t a project we developed ourselves… The long-term idea is to create shows that can then become content for our film business as well.”

The Turn of the Screw, about a governess who takes over caring for two children after the death of their parents, will run at London’s Almeida theatre from 18 January to 16 March 2013.

Hammer’s move into theatre comes after the company branched out into book publishing last year (11).

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