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To be a bat

Distracted Rat Productions

Moi’s brother Jo is dead and it’s probably all Moi’s fault. In the aftermath, the dregs of their family drift into the uncanny; imagination overtaking reality. Moi meets sometimes-wolf Luna in the cemetery behind their house 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. 

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

Sunday 31st October - Sunday 14th November

On Demand

The Space Online

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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'. This is the recording of the livestreamed event. (90 minutes)

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

Sunday 24th October - Tuesday 9th November

On Demand

The Space Online

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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. This is the recording of the livestreamed event. (60 minutes)

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

Sunday 24th October - Tuesday 9th November

On Demand

The Space Online

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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. This is the recording of the livestreamed event. (130 minutes)

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

Friday 22nd October - Saturday 13th November

On Demand

The Space Online

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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.

£10

Tuesday 26th October

8.00pm

The Space

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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)

£12 (£10 concessions)

Monday 18th October

7.30pm

Pleasance Main Stage

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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)

£10 (£8 concessions)

Tuesday 19th October

6.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£15 (£12 concessions)

Tuesday 19th October

8.00pm

Pleasance Main Stage

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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)

£10 (£8 concessions)

Tuesday 19th October

8.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£15 (£12 concessions)

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

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

The Space

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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)

£15 (£10 concessions)

Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st October

6.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£10 (£8 concessions)

Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th October

8.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£15 (£12 concessions)

Thursday 21st October

8.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£13 (£10 concesssions)

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd October

6.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£15 (£12 concessions)

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October

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

The Space

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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)

£12 (£10 concessions)

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd October

22nd 8.30pm, 23rd 2.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

£15 (£12 concessions)

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October

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

The Space

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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)

£12 (£10 concessions)

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th October

23rd 8.30pm, 24th 2.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

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

Sunday 24th October

6.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space

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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)

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

Sunday 24th October

8.30pm

Pleasance Downstairs Space