Madison Lyric Stage Announces ‘The Turn of the Screw’ Set in Historic House

By Logan Martell

Madison Lyric Stage has announced a production of Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera, “The Turn of the Screw,” that is sure to be a highlight of the Halloween season.

An audience of no more than 35 will be able to experience Britten’s haunting opera inside the historic Deacon John Grave House located in Madison, Connecticut. Constructed in 1685, the house will make for a highly immersive experience as the audience is spirited through old halls bathed in candlelight. Marc Deaton, artistic director of Madison Lyric Stage, says: “An opera about ghosts, presented by candlelight, in a very old house … what could be better for Halloween? And with only 35 audience members a night, we will be able to make our opera accessible, immediate, and realistic.”

Madison Lyric Stage’s production will feature Abigal Paschke as the Governess, Alexis Rodda and Marc Deaton as the ghosts, and Moriah Perrett and Kayla Fore as the children. “The Turn of the Screw” will run from October 5 through 14, 2018.