Saturday Play – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Saturday 29 October



Set in Sixties Illinois, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway.

It tells the story of the evil that grips the boys' small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one autumn midnight.

These two innocents, both aged 13 – Will is born one minute before Halloween, and Jim one minute after – save the souls of the town.

The carnival is a thrilling and chilling world featuring a mirror maze that reflects a person's older or younger self, depending on their desires, and a magic carousel that leaves its riders a year older when it plays Chopin's Funeral March forwards and with each rotation, but makes them a year younger when it rotates backwards.

Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is dramatised by Diana Griffiths and stars Theo Gregory as Will and Josef Lindsay as Jim.

Producer/Pauline Harris for the BBC

BBC Radio 4 Publicity