The foggy mornings, the crispness in the air, the turning of the leaves… Yes, it can only mean one thing, sing it with me now: “This is Halloween, this is Halloween.” Are you ready to scream with fright? Good, because so are we.
Kick starting its chainsaws next month, the London Horror Festival is returning to the Hothouse’s fair city for its fourth year. What’s more, following their sellout success with the incredible What Monsters Do at last year’s festival, our friends at Hidden Basement Productions are taking over the reigns from Theatre of the Damned as the new producers.
As of 12th October, the festival will be terrorising London with three weeks of live horror performances. From theatre to radio, film to cabaret, the programme consists of 19 different shows for us to sink our fangs into. Check out the full show listing below.
Stage Fright / London Horror Festival Launch Night
Wireless Theatre Company and the London Horror Festival
12th October, 19.30, The Lost Theatre
See Stage Fright 2014 performed and recorded live and a spectacular horror cabaret to celebrate the official launch of the London Horror Festival 2014.
Last Chance Saloon
13th– 16th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Irresistible resurrection of Frankenstein, with twisted interpretations of pop songs, outrageous humour and a Monster who’ll charm your pants off, staged with Last Chance Saloon’s own brand of riotous theatre comedy.
Scream Queens Anonymous
13th – 15th October, 21.30
The Etcetera Theatre
Six prominent horror movie heroines convene in an isolated house in the middle of the woods to hold a book club, and help recover from their past traumas. Original horror comedy from an all female cast.
Shakespeare in Hell
Brite Theater & So Potent Arts
16th – 18th October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
An all-female cast take you on an intense mash-up journey through Dante’s nine circles of Hell and back, where the most notorious and beloved characters from Shakespeare’s canon receive their punishment.
It’s Only a Matter of Time
Devil’s Picnic Theatre Company
17th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
New writing from the up and coming Devil’s Picnic Theatre Company. An abstract, conceptual and experimental play – with the show fitting in a single suitcase.
Mr Cushing & Mr Lee: The Gentlemen of Horror
My Own Private Submarine
18th – 19th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
The true story of a terribly nice friendship… The story of Hammer Horror legends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, written by James Goss.
19th October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
An hour of improvised cosmic horror inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
The (Ill-Advised) Voyage of Leonard Roam
Cakes and Ale Theatre Company
20th – 22nd October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Leonard Roam is on a journey to the underworld to enlist the help of the one man everyone seems to be scared of. Original writing and music from Cakes and Ale Theatre Company.
Darker the Night
20th – 21st October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
When a young girl vanishes, two private detectives discover a link to a cult based in a forest. As they infiltrate the cult, they uncover alarming truths about the real purpose of the movement. Psychological thriller from acclaimed writer Eliza Power.
Frying Pan Alley
22nd – 23rd October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
The story of three women who are institutionalised to protect society and themselves. Psychological horror inspired by Lisa Appignanesi’s “Mad, Bad and Sad” and Shakespeare’s text.
The Monster Hunters: LIVE
23rd October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Don your finest cravat, sharpen your stakes and prepare for a live recording of the comedy
adventure podcast inspired by 1970s British Horror Films
Hidden Basement Productions
24th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Our first annual short horror film competition. An exclusive screening night of our short listed films with the overall winner announced on the night by special guest judge.
The End of the Line
24th -26th October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
This modern re-imagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ is a gothic and lyrical exploration of obsession, addiction and destiny.
Folklore Unto Himself
25th – 26th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Sean Smith – mind reader, magician & hypnotist – invites you to an evening of folklore & magic.
Third Mind Productions
27th – 29th October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
From the makers of the award-winning Carnival of Crows, Greywing House is a onewoman storytelling show that will carry you out into deep, dark waters.
The Off-Off-Off Broadway Company
27th – 28th October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Ethel Charles lives alone in a rambling mansion; terrified of ghosts she believes to be hunting her. Inspired by the Winchester Mystery House, Peaceful is a critically acclaimed chiller about guilt, faith and fear.
The Twins Macabre: Small Mediums at Large
The Twins Macabre
30th – 31st October, 19.30, The Etcetera Theatre
As seen on BBC3’s Live at the Electric, child psychics Maurice and Ivy Macabre conjure damned souls through twisted sketches and songs. A deliciously dark horror-comedy sideshow that will kill you…
I’ll Be Right Back
29th – 31st October, 21.30, The Etcetera Theatre
Faustus is a re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe’s classic story of demonic pacts and the struggle between good and evil for the possession of one man’s soul, set in the cutthroat corporate world.
Las Maravillas: The Lost Souls of Mictlan
28th – 1st November, 18:30 – 22:30 (admission anytime), The Rose Lipman Building
Navigate the nine levels of Mictlan, the Aztec Underworld, and face the formidable trials of life-after-death beneath the Earth. Indigenous and Mexican cultures unite in this immersive Day of the Dead inspired site-specific, immersive horror art experience.
The London Horror Festival works to promote new and innovative work in the arts, support London fringe theatre and is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and companies working in the horror genre.
This year’s festival is sponsored by Ghost Stories, the terrifying smash hit West End show by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, and the British Library’s exhibition ‘Terror & Wonder – The Gothic Imagination.’
For more information, email Hidden Basement Productions or follow them on Twitter at @HiddenBasement.
To buy tickets go to London Horror Festival. Follow LHF on Twitter at @LndnHorrorFest.