London Horror Festival 2018

London Horror Festival 2018 is upon us – returning for its 8th year.

Sponsored by the Horror Channel, the UK’s biggest live horror performance festival returns to the Old Red Lion Theatre, Sunday 7 October – Saturday 3 November 2018.

Enjoy over 30 productions, which will curdle your blood, chill your spine, and split your sides. Theatre-goers will be enthralled in drama, comedy, musicals, and the spoken word.

This year’s theme and celebration is for Gothic horror icon, Mary Shelley. She serves as the inspiration for the theme of the annual playwriting competition (“Women in Horror“), which continues to stimulate new talent and kicks off the festival.

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On its 200th anniversary, Frankenstein will have three new productions: gender-bent by Burn Bright Theatre in their female-led retelling; frozen in the Antarctic wilderness by Two-Body Problem‘s chilling contemporary continuation of the story; and defiled by Fred Strangebone, who returns to put his twisted spin on Shelley’s classic.

London Horror Festival 2018 is teeming with monsters spanning the canon of classic horror, including a selection of Werewolf stories: Werewolf: Live a comedy gameshow from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the award-winning Big Bad blends powerful feminist narrative with a dash of lycanthropy; and The Wolves of Erin, brings you high-stakes cabin fever.

The LHF is proud to deliver a programme that pushes the limits of live performance. ‘Choose-your-own’ horror, The Teind asks participants to pick their own poison as they interact with characters via social media, phone, and email over the course of three weeks, before meeting one of the characters in person.

LHF artworkThe clock strikes twelve for this year’s late-night show, Midnight Horror from Chamber Piece Theatre. And What’s the Bloody Question! is back for another episode in camp panel show hijinks.

The end of the festival coincides with the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.

To mark the occasion, they will summon three productions from beyond the grave, going out with a bang.