London Horror Festival at Courtyard Theatre

TThe London Horror Festival is coming to the Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, and includes...

25 Oct - 27 Nov 2011
Revenge Of The Grand Guignol Written by The Theatre of the Damned, directed by Tom Richards & Stewart Pringle, produced by The Theatre of the Damned From cruel experiments in forgotten laboratories to the blitzed munitions factories of World War 2 Coventry, Theatre of the Damned take you on a visceral journey into the blood-soaked world of the Grand Guignol.

25 Oct 2011 - 30 Oct 2011
Breathing Space Directed Laura Steel and Arden Redgrave, written by Dallace Jones. Leonard Walker is a US acting coach who pushes his students to murky psychological recesses in the hope of improving their acting skills. Yet he doesn’t ever seem to teach them anything about acting. When Claire, a British actress, sees through him, Leonard does all he can to humiliate her and destroy her presence within the group. Disturbing, and darkly funny.

25 Oct 2011 - 6 Nov 2011
The Dunwich Horror Written by David Dawkins (based on the short story by H P Lovecraft), Directed by David Dawkins and Venus Raven, produced by Ororo Productions. In Dunwich - a furtive, remote village whose annals reek of overt viciousness; of half-hidden murders and incest; a bitter old wizard performs the strange rituals and unhallowed rites that will call forth the doom of all mankind. An all-new adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s classic tale of ancient horror.

1 Nov 2011 - 6 Nov 2011
Possession is 9/10ths Written by Kathryn McConnel, directed by Rupert Holloway, written by Kathryn McConnell, produced by What? What? Theatre. Neighbours from hell and Lotto winners, Dolly and Clint Wood are having the time of their lives. Suddenly, they find themselves sitting on their sofa with a hazy memory of the previous nights’ antics. Just then, in walks, a new young couple, Helen and John, who start to re-decorate. Realising they are in fact now deceased and not wanting to let death get the better of them, the Woods’ decide try to force the couple out. The nosey neighbour, Betty Box gets involved and things take a really bizarre turn.

8 Nov 2011 - 20 Nov 2011
The Woods Are Lovely written by TG Jimm, produced by Facsimile Productions. A young British couple are enjoying a relaxing holiday, camping out in the mountains. The arrival of a strange man whose past makes no sense drives them into a night of guilt, recrimination and mounting horror… A new play of pitch black humour and brutal psychological violence.

22 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
The White House written by Angie Fullman, Charlotte Ive and Anna Söderblom, based on characters created by the company, produced by In the Gutter Productions, directed by Charlotte Ive. In the twilight years of the 18th century, the notorious White House brothel catered to the specialised tastes of London’s more adventurous and discerning clientele. Now The White House opens its doors once more, inviting you in to experience the most infamous of illicit pleasures, to explore the most scandalous of secrets, and to share in the darkest of fantasies. In The Gutter Productions will take you on an immersive sensual journey through this seductive, dangerous world where anything can be yours – for a price.

22 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
The Orgy in the Lighthouse & Other Dark Tales written by Ed Allenby, Eugene Heros, Leon Abric, Lee Ravitz, Michael Wilson, Richard Hand, Alfred Machard, Neil Greenblatt, produced by Le Nouveau Guignol, directed by Peter Brammer Smith, Rupert Holloway, James Clifford. Le Nouveau Guignol presents three brutally stark plays for the London Horror Festival, bringing together two classic Grand-Guignol plays whilst showcasing new writing in the genre. Ed Allenby’s new script Penalty shows the gruesome price a young woman is forced to pay for a perceived insult, whilst in the classic Guignol comedy Chop-Chop! a man finds himself stuck in a guillotine with his lover’s husband in charge of the controls! The Orgy in the Lighthouse – until now considered too shocking for the British stage – charts the descent of a light-hearted party into torture and murder…

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