Now entering it’s 6th year, the London Horror Festival is an exciting three-week event that promotes emerging new artists, writers and theatre companies experimenting with the horror genre. Each year we create an innovative and unique programme of work to thrill and entertain London audiences throughout October.

This year we are proud to be hosted by the Old Red Lion Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues, who have recently transferred shows to the West End. With previous programmes including a mix of theatre, radio, film, cabaret, lectures and comedy, this annual celebration of horror in the performing arts is going strong, and 2016 is promising to be bigger and better than ever!

Please click here to see our page on the Old Red Lion Theatre.

Volunteer with us

Please send your CV and a short covering letter informing us which areas of the performing arts industry you would like to gain experience in (marketing, stage management, literary, etc).

You can contact us by clicking the e-mail link at the top of this page.

Short Play Competiton

Calling all writers! Creators of horror! Macabre storytellers! Nightmare sculptors!

Following the success of last year’s short play competition ‘It’s Not What It Seems…’, which crowned the beautifully disturbing psychological thriller ‘CHEW’ by Sarah Tejal Hamilton the winner, we are once again calling for playwrights of all abilities to submit a 10-15 minute script.

This year’s theme … BADASS WOMEN!

Give our female actors a leading role they can really sink their teeth into! Good or evil, we want to see women at the centre of the story, as highly developed characters and forces to be reckoned with.

Submissions are open from now until Sunday 31st July, after which the festival team willshortlist 3 plays to be staged by a professional cast and crew at The Old Red Lion Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues and host of the London Horror Festival 2016. The plays will be performed on Monday 10th October and the winner will be picked on the night by a special guest judge and awarded with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

Please Click the Documents & Guides link at the top of this page for a brief.

Acting / Directing

Please send us your CV if you would like to apply to direct or perform in one of the short play finalists on Monday 10th October.

You can contact us by clicking the e-mail link at the top of this page.

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Previous festivals have attracted over 2,000 attendees in the space of three weeks and coverage in the Times (Critics Choice), The Stage, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, BBC, Time Out and dozens of online sources. We are confident that this year’s festival will be even more exciting and offers a considerable and unique marketing opportunity for our sponsors.

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