A Headless Earl, a Strangled Babe, the Blood-Sucker of Bexley Moor and the Corpse-Snatcher of Chertsey Barn - these are just some of the many guises that Sir Simon, the ghost who haunts Canterville Chase, can assume. He has frightened English tenants for hundreds of years and is proud of it. So he is shocked when the Otises, an American family, take residence: they're not scared at all. He schemes, and they thwart his plans. Who will win in the end, and when will Sir Simon de Canterville finally rest in peace?
A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises - but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas's hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.