ABOUT US ...
The UK's original and largest festival of live horror performance!
Scaring the living daylights out of audiences since its inception in 2011, the London Horror Festival is a celebration of the ghoulish, the thrilling and the downright macabre.
Every Halloween season thousands of people enjoy the London Horror Festival, where highlights include multiple sell-out runs, world premieres by award-winning new playwrights and critically-acclaimed performers, and a host of exciting new work for all ages and interest groups. The London Horror Festival runs in October, offering a multitude of horror performance at exactly the time of year when audiences desire it. Our programmes always include a number of shows which can be considered ‘family friendly’ as well as plenty of hardcore horrors for the more mature crowd.
Over the past ten years we have championed horror theatre, proudly presenting programmes featuring new writing, adaptations of literary classics, immersive interactive experiences, LGBTQ+ cabaret, musicals, opera, burlesque, live podcast recordings, comedy, clowning, puppetry, storytelling, magic, midnight mind-reading and Séance shows, film screenings with live choirs, radio and playwriting competitions, lectures ... and much more!
Each year promises a broad range of horror theatre, comedy and performance art, from psychological spine-chillers to all-out splatter, improvised ghost stories to body horror. Our purpose is to foster new talent as well as nurturing the already burgeoning live horror scene within the UK.
Festival Director: Katy Danbury
Festival Producers: Katy Danbury and Joseph Willis
Memories and TESTIMONIALS:
Ponydog Productions (The Agency 2019):
My favourite memory of the festival... Performing in 'The Agency', an immersive piece in which the audience took over as the Ministry of Justice and their decisions changed what happened in the show. One night they made all the wrong choices so we put the whole audience to death by putting dollops of lethal lube on their foreheads. Good times. It's still the show I am most proud of being involved in.
Blackshaw Theatre (Scare Slam 2016-2019):
We are so pleased to have made a home for the 'Scare Slam' at the London Horror Festival. The festival team are fantastically organised, responsive and friendly, and seriously know their stuff in terms of horror, theatre, and promotion. It's been great working with other horror fans, and creating a network of like-minded artists by taking part in the festival.
The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company (Mr Fox 2019):
After my first taste of LHF with "Peaceful", a show I perform with my cohorts at The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company, I couldn't have picked a more welcoming and engaged audience for my first ever solo project, "A Curse of Saints". Although I was terrified to be alone on stage, I felt wrapped by the warm and fuzzy embrace of the festival and all involved. For a fest revolving around the dark and even gruesome, LHF is ironically the warmest, friendliest experience on the Fringe scene. LHF remains one of our absolute favourite festivals. Not only is it the one-stop shop for lovers of dark tales, but Katy Danbury ensures it all runs as smoothly as possible, and there's always such a strong spirit of camaraderie. May it be undead forever!
Fantastic Garlands (Mother Must Die?! 2019):
We had great fun being part of the London Horror Festival this year, and felt very supported by Katy and the Pleasance. From start to finish we had all the information and support we needed, and we would really love to be a part of the festival again. In fact, our only regret is that we didn't get to see more of the excellent and varied programme that was on!
PopHorror (He's Behind You! - The Slasher Panto 2019):
PopHorror loves taking part in the London Horror Festival because it promotes such a diverse range of artists, performance styles and shows, all united by a gleeful love of horror. The LHF team are accessible and supportive, and really care about curating what is now a landmark festival of live arts.
Megan From HR (Children of the QuornTM 2019):
We have only positive things to say - the whole team was a delight to work with, was super helpful when we needed you, and everything ran like a well-oiled machine from where we were standing! Thank you so much for letting us get involved and for all your hard work putting it on
The Electric Head (Go To Hell! 2019):
We were thrilled to perform at the Pleasance theatre as part of LHF 2019. The organisers and staff could not have been more helpful and supported us every step of the way. Everything was incredibly easy and all our questions were answered.
We hope to come back to the Pleasance as soon as possible as we were made to feel very welcome there.
Grand Guignol de Milan (Italian Horror Stories 2019):
London Horror Festival is more than a simple “horror fringe festival", is a real meeting point of all the expressions that this genre can find on the stage with young companies and international calibre actors playing together to celebrate this culture.
It’s a great possibly to experiment and to see new ways of working in a field (the horror theatre) that is more alive than ever, and London is the perfect city for it. After two editions of the festival we’re just waiting to apply to the next one.