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2nd Jul, 2022

Death returns to historic chapel for Halloween classic

DEATH will be returning to Stratford’s Guild Chapel on Halloween.

The historic chapel, on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, will host a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s classic The Seventh Seal on Wednesday October 31.

The 1957 film is set in Denmark during the Black Death, and tells of the journey of a medieval knight who encounters Death and makes a bargain. His fate will be determined by a game of chess.

The image of Death is central to the Guild Chapel’s medieval past. Wall paintings dating back half a century are preserved in detail. Images of Death and the afterlife served as stark reminder to its medieval congregation of the importance of living a good life.

The film will be screened on a projector set just below the chapel’s largest and most ornate painting – an image of the ‘Doom’ – showing good souls going to heaven while doomed souls are tortured and fed into the mouth of hell.

Chapel volunteer co-ordinator Pippa Brook said: “We can’t imagine anywhere more atmospheric to screen such a cinematic classic on Hallows’ Eve.”

All proceeds will support the Guild Chapel and the ongoing conservation of its medieval paintings and past.

Tickets cost £15, and are available from Stratford Playhouse on 01789 333 990, in person from the theatre’s Rother Street box office.

Visit www.guildchapel.org.uk for further details.

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