7th oct - 3rd nov
The London Horror Festival continued to grow to evermore monstrous size, returning to the Old Red Lion Theatre with over 30 productions to curdle your blood, chill your spine, and split your sides. For four weeks, theatre-goers were subjected to shocking experimentations in drama, comedy, musicals, and spoken word.
On this portentous year we honoured the grand matriarch of Gothic horror, Mary Shelley. She served as the inspiration for the theme of our annual playwriting competition (“Women in Horror”), which continued to galvanise new talent and set the festival in motion on the 7th October.
On its 200th anniversary, we reanimated her most enduring creation, Frankenstein, with three new productions. Audiences got to witness Frankenstein as never before: 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; defiled by Fred Strangebone, who returned to put his twisted spin on Shelley’s classic.