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Your Worst Nightmare: Playwriting Competition Final

Danse Macabre Productions and London Horror Festival

As part of our continual commitment to championing new writing, we proudly present rehearsed readings of this year's playwriting competition finalists under the theme Your Worst Nightmare. Join horror comedian host Fred Strangebone and our panel of industry professionals who will announce the winner live and officially launch the London Horror Festival 2021! (150 minutes - including interval)

Monday 18th October

7.30pm

£12 (£10 concessions)

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Bespectacle

Chazz Redhead

Whilst clearing out his parents attic, Chazz Redhead found a mysterious box. Inside was research from a long forgotten ancestor. What is crypto-optometry? Who are these mysterious people? What risks lie in finding out? Expect laughs, frights, and truly terrible people. Directed and Co-Written by Georgia House (60 minutes)

Tuesday 19th October

6.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

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Murder In The Oriental Express

The Bitten Peach

Was it Lady Dragon in the kitchen with the wok? Definitely not. For she defies Asian stereotypes and wouldn't be caught dead cooking! The Bitten Peach present their most ridiculous production of all time: Murder In "The Oriental Express" - the restaurant bequeathed to the family by a distant, mysterious Auntie... (60 minutes)

Tuesday 19th October

8.00pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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Grey Widow - CANCELLED

Danse Macabre Productions

Lady Aria Grey returns to the church to wash away her sins only to find them haunting her in the form of her dead husband's ghost... Winner of the LHF Playwriting Competition 2019, Grey Widow is a new one-queen horror-comedy where men and women, the living and the dead collide. (60 minutes)

Tuesday 19th October

8.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

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One Man Poe

Threedumb Theatre

A marathon of the macabre. Using Edgar Allan Poe's original text from the 1840s, one actor faithfully brings his words to life, live on stage. Featuring four of the most terrifying tales in gothic literature, this special tribute to 'the Godfather of Horror' promises a truly spine-chilling theatrical experience. Act 1: The Tell-Tale Heart / The Pit and the Pendulum, Act 2: The Black Cat / The Raven (All performances are CAPTIONED) Livestreamed performance: 21st October (140 minutes, including interval)

Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st October & Saturday 23rd October

7.00pm (19th-21st), 2.00pm (23rd)

£15 (£12 concessions)

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SUCKER 4 U

Reece Connolly

Relationships are hard - especially when your newest lover is a world-devouring elder god. This is the very dark, very rude queer comedy about doomed interdimensional romance between man and giant-monster-squid-from-beyond-the-stars that you've been waiting for. Bring tissues*. *[for the slime] (60 minutes)

Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th October

8.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

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Outside

Adwoa-Alexsis Mintah Presents

Gruesome, inventive and arresting solo performance.' Offie Oncomm nominated Outside is back! Willa hasn't left her house for 30 years, until now. A dark secret is about to come to light, Willa's attempt at freedom can lead to nothing but more horrific revelations. (60 minutes)

Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st October

6.30pm

£15 (£10 concessions)

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Revenge: The Horror Cabaret

Rachael Bellis

Revenge: The Horror Cabaret is an exploration of horror and cabaret. Rachael will sing her way from Sweeney Todd to Carrie as she discovers just how wonderful horror can really be. But what happens when it goes wrong and her special guests end up both dead AND in jail? (60 minutes)

Thursday 21st October

8.30pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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La Voisin

Paprichoo

17th century France. Catherine Montvoisin makes her money telling fortunes, soothing souls, and poisoning people's husbands. But when her rival gets arrested, it's not long before her world falls apart. Fast-paced and frantic, La Voisin tells the true story of what happens when women take power into their own hands. (RELAXED PERFORMANCE on Friday 22nd) (60 minutes)

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd October

6.30pm

£13 (£10 concesssions)

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Birdwatching

Anarchy Division

In a forest, in the dead of winter, three people make a horror film. As the temperature drops and the light dies, old hates and fears are uncovered and ignited. Birdwatching is an account of obsession, power, gendered violence, and the ways we each fall apart. Livestreamed performance: 24th October (60 minutes)

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October

22nd-23rd 6.30pm, 24th 2.00pm & 6.30pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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Drag Queens vs. Zombies

Haus of Dench

'Dawn of the Dead' meets 'Rupaul's Drag Race' in this hysterical, camp, comedy horror from the award-winning Northern drag acts of the Haus of Dench, written by Matthew Stallworthy & Eleanor Mason (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra) "Hilarious...Never failing to impress" (York Vision) (60 minutes)

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd October

22nd 8.30pm, 23rd 2.30pm

£12 (£10 concessions)

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Irving Undead

James Swanton

The life and death of Henry Irving, the haunted man who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. This bravura resurrection of the greatest horror star of the past comes from award-winning actor James Swanton (Host, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, Frankenstein's Creature), who Kim Newman calls a 'horror star of the future'. Livestreamed performance: 24th October (90 minutes)

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October

22nd-23rd 8.30pm, 24th 4.00pm & 8.30pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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The Trick & Treat Show

Mr Trick & Miss Treat

Welcome to The Trick & Treat Show! A is for Accident, B is for Bonkers and C is for Chaos! Award-winning Vaude-Villains Evelyn Carnate, Ruby Wednesday & Mx Tzo smash their brains together to create a warped, lawless and hilariously uncomfortable homage to the origins of cabaret & vaudeville. (60 minutes)

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th October

23rd 8.30pm, 24th 2.30pm

£12 (£10 concessions)

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Scare Slam

Blackshaw Theatre Company

Lovers of scary stories, unite. Adding the fear factor to increasingly popular spoken word nights, storytellers from across the Horrorfest and beyond will share their worst (or should that be best?) nightmares at Blackshaw's sixth annual Scare Slam. Prepare yourself for a night of chilling tales from both sides of the line of veracity. (60 minutes)

Sunday 24th October

6.30pm

£12 (£10 concessions), Scare Slam & Lights Out Combo Ticket £20 (£18 concessions)

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Lights Out

Merely Roleplayers and Blackshaw Theatre Company

No one knows what happened to the Blackout Four - only that none survived. Merely Roleplayers hope to solve this mystery live. Part seance, part campfire tale, part roleplaying game, Lights Out is a fight against fate to seize a glimmer of hope - before all the lights go out. (60 minutes)

Sunday 24th October

8.30pm

£12 (£10 concessions) Scare Slam & Lights Out Combo Ticket £20 (£18 concessions)

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Fred Strangebone Performs Comedy...

Theatre in the Bin

Fred Strangebone is all alone, performing a comedy show for the first time without other characters. An unsettled clown in a society that rejects or more often abuses him, Fred draws audiences into his weird world with a unique style of deadpan, creeping comedy. Master of the uncomfortable silence, Fred uses satire, poetry and physical humour along with the bizarre jokes inspired by his peculiar life and history. A performance by Fred Strangebone is an experience you won’t forget…no matter how hard you try.

Tuesday 26th October

8.00pm

£10

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Lachlan Werner: Voices of Evil

Pointy Finger Productions

Ventriloquism as you've never seen it! The Exorcist with puppets! Lachlan Werner (ventriloquist, clown) presents an hour of frights, where demonic voices come from every corner. With surprising queer physical comedy, subversive improvisation and "clear talent for his craft" (Steve Bennett) Werner promises a horrifyingly funny night. (60 minutes)

Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th October

6.30pm

£8 (£6 concessions)

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Mary Shelley: Muthamonster

House of Macabre

Mary is pissed. She lives in the shadow of the monster she created. Grappling with fame, scandal, sex, opium and motherhood; it's time to set the record straight. This fiercely rebellious one-woman show is a comedy-punk-rock retelling of the life of Frankenstein's author, the Mutha of all Monsters. (60 minutes)

Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th October

8.30pm

£13 (£11 concessions)

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Tales of the Crypt Cabaret

Rock n Roll Cabaret

Tales of the Crypt Cabaret is showing exclusively at the London Horror Festival only. Let our Crypt Mistress Marquissa Darq introduce you into a titillating and spine tingling world where burlesque and cabaret acts tell tales of characters that go bump in the night. Livestreamed performance: 28th October (60 minutes)

Wednesday 27th - Thursday 28th October

8.00pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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Nightmares

Shock Horror Theatre

Nightmares is a horror musical that tells the story of a man, plagued with nightmares and visions who wakes up with no memory of who he is or what he has done. And what is going on with that corpse in the cellar? You are about to enter his nightmarish world, where nothing is as it seems, building to an absolutely insane third act. Nightmares is exactly that, a nightmare... (60 minutes)

Thursday 28th October

6.00pm

£5/£10/£15 (Choose Your Own Price Level)

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Whose Brain Is It Anyway?

DeadPlant Theatre

Beckenham's third most successful improv group. A missing member on their biggest show to date. A zombie apocalypse. What could go wrong? Critically acclaimed DeadPlant Theatre return with a brand new grotesquely gory and laugh out loud comedy. This show is a no brainer! "So depraved they make Charles Manson look like Julie Andrews." (60 minutes)

Thursday 28th October, Saturday 30th October

28th 6.30pm, 30th 2.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

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Nightmare Magic

David Alnwick

A ghost story told with magic. When Robert Blake discovers a coded journal in his late Uncle's attic he enlists my help, his oldest friend, to decipher it. Join me as I demonstrate our supernatural findings. Previous Reviews: ****(World Magic Review) ****(Broadway Baby) ****(Fringe Guru) (60 minutes)

Thursday 28th - Friday 29th October

8.30pm

£15 (£13 concessions)

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A Simple Tale of Love

Rude Raven Productions

Molly is broken by her marriage to a cheating vicar and beaten down by the constant jibes at work, but then a sinister stranger called JD with a terrifying secret enters her life. And together they find love through a Salsa dance. Both poignant and absurd; reflecting humanity's complexities. (60 minutes)

Friday 29th October

6.30pm

£9 (£8 concessions)

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To be a bat

Distracted Rat Productions

Moi's brother Jo is dead and its probably all their fault. But Moi meets sometimes-wolf Luna in the cemetery and together they hunt the ghosts of the ones they've lost. A new play that explores an un-reality of magical, corrosive grief, and a queer coming of age fractured by loss. Livestreamed performance: 31st October (60 minutes)

Friday 29th - 31st October

29th-30th 6.30pm, 31st, 2.00pm & 6.30pm

£13 (£11 concessions)

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Stop it.

Christopher Blackmore

Cascade down a meta horror hole as you invite yourself into an abandoned immersive show that is begging to be stopped. Witness twisted interactive design, as actors cling onto their sanity whilst trying to stay on script. You should question every fringe of reality. And try and stop it, please. (60 minutes)

Friday 29th - Sunday 31st October

29th-30th 8.30pm, 31st 4.00pm & 8.30pm

£15 (£12 concessions)

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Spirit Box

George Rennie and Sarah Gain Productions

In the wake of tragedy, Master Redlaw wants to be left alone, but the birds have other ideas. Channeling online ghost-hunting communities and the soul of Victorian Gothic, Spirit Box explores the paranormal, identity, and deception in a world where we can all find ourselves trapped inside a box. (60 minutes)

Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st October

6.30pm

£13 (£11 concessions)

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The Day That Them Orbs Arrived!

Devils Picnic Productions

As the world is being turned upside down by the arrival of mysterious yet seemingly benign floating orbs, a few locals in a Cornish pub must make the impossible decision, do they run, hide or drink?? (60 minutes)

Saturday 30th October

8.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

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One From The Vaults Live!

Sinema Society and Medium Rare Productions

Join cinephiles Warren, Rufus & Clint for a Live Recording of their hit* podcast all about the lost movies of the infamous Anvil Studios. This special episode digs up the sinister truth behind the low-budget British filmmakers 1961 horror anthology masterpiece 'Beverley Anvil's Night-Scares!' *over 17 listeners to date. (60 minutes)

Sunday 31st October

2.30pm & 8.30pm

£13 (£11 concessions)

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Blind

Ryots Productions

Tonight is the grand re-opening of The Butcher Library, where acclaimed Historian Alice Levine will take us on a journey through the colourful and sometimes disturbing history of the building. Can evil live in a place? If you're brave enough you can find out; Just sit in the dark with us, and listen... 'Blind' is a 30 minute immersive audio experience that will take place in your own home, alone and in the dark. This performance utilises binaural sound and sensory effects for a true at-home horror experience. All you need to experience 'Blind' is headphones and a dark room.

Monday 18th - Sunday 31st October

On Demand

£6.50