It's BACK! The UK's original and largest festival of horror in the performing arts returns to London in its new home at the Old Red Lion Theatre for three jam-packed weeks this October. 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 through the medium of live performance.

You will find over 20 different shows to choose from; including horror theatre, LGBTQ cabaret, live podcast recordings, comedy, clowning, storytelling, magic, a Virtual Reality immersive film experience, midnight Séance shows AND a short horror play competition, making 2016 their biggest festival yet!

The LHF continues to support new writing and provide a platform for emerging talent in the horror theatre scene, with ‘Badass Women’ - a short horror play writing competition designed to create more empowering female roles. Dozens of entries have been received from across the UK and the top 3 shortlisted plays will be performed on the opening night, with an exclusive prize for the winning entry and special guest judges!

This year the LHF have joined forces with CryptTV UK to present their first immersive horror film event and VR experience. Featuring Frightfest hit feature film, Kate Shenton's Egomaniac and CryptTV UK's the Egomaniac VR Experience, this is one London Horror event you cannot miss!

For something a bit different after dark, stay up late for two exclusive midnight performances of award-winning ‘Ex-Theologist turned Illusionist’ Philipp Oberlohr’s 'séance' – a critically-acclaimed interactive experience inspired by the tradition of Victorian Séances and the Spiritualist movement.

Littered with award-winning performers, original work and heaps of emerging talent, the London Horror Festival 2016 is sure to impress horror and theatre fans alike!

Visit Old Red Lion Theatre for tickets, and follow our blog, Twitter (@LndnHorrorFest), Facebook (London Horror Festival) & Instagram (@londonhorrorfestival) for all the latest news and updates during the festival #LHF2016

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We are very proud to announce the LHF's first official Patron ... Mr Nicholas Vince!

Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. He also played Kinski in Barker's Nightbreed.

Recently, after a career in IT, he returned to acting with leads in a feature film, Hollower (dir. MJ Dixon) and 5 short films. The Night Whispered, which he wrote and directed premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.

He hosts the popular YouTube show Chattering With Nicholas Vince where he interviews independent film makers, writers and artists.

He wrote two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do and Other People's Darkness available on amazon sites and in January 2016 Marvel Comics published the Marvel Frontier Collection which includes 4 issues of Mortigan Goth: Immortalis which he wrote; illustrated by Mark Buckingham.

Nicholas adapted two of his short stories from What Monsters Do into stage plays for the LHF 2013. These were produced by Hidden Basement Productions.

Please follow the links to his work:

The Night Whispered (short film)

Chattering with Nicholas Vince on YouTube

Books on Amazon

What Monsters Do

Other People's Darkness

Nicholas very kindly took the time to interview the LHF 2016 performing companies. Watch the videos here!

LHF2016 Performing Companies

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

This year’s theme … BADASS WOMEN!

We asked writers to 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.

This year's 3 finalists are...

Alice Bounce for 'The Birthing'

Tim Poultney for 'My Little Girl'

Oscar Blustin for 'Tongue Tied'

The plays will be performed on Monday 10th October at 7pm and the winner will be picked on the night by 3 special guest judges and awarded with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

BADASS WOMEN - Playwriting Competition Final

DATE Monday 10th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £7 (£5 conc)
COMPANY London Horror Festival

Want to see more challenging roles for women in the horror genre? Look no further!

As part of our dedication to supporting new writers we present three short plays, carefully selected from dozens of submissions received from across the UK, that bring ‘Badass Women’ centre stage. Join us as our special guest judges pick the winner – this is an evening of exciting new horror theatre not to be missed!

EXPERIENCE EGOMANIAC – VR Immersive Film Experience

DATE Monday 10th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £20.00
COMPANY CryptTV UK

Experience Kate Shenton's ground breaking feature film EGOMANIAC, including the Egomaniac VR immersive event experience from CryptTV UK!

Egomaniac stars Nic Lamont as Catherine Sweeney, a female filmmaker determined to make a zombie romantic comedy! Blurring the lines of fiction and reality, Egomaniac is a watershed moment in innovative horror and for indie filmmakers! Join us in this highly original, thought provoking, hilarious experience you cannot miss!!

BLACK SHUCK by Duncan Hands

DATE Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £12 (£10 conc)
COMPANY Blackshaw Theatre Company

“Sea-eagle to coot, come in please, can you hear me? Over.” “Yes, yes, bloody yes!” Ruminating on the local myth of ghostly dog 'Black Shuck', two (inept) would-be smugglers await a shipment on the Norfolk Coast.

Join us, where comedy meets horror in this hour-long new play by Duncan Hands. Directed by Ellie Pitkin.

“brilliantly written” **** – London Theatre 1 “thoroughly entertaining” **** – Female Arts

FRED STRANGEBONE’S FREAKSHOW

DATE Tues 11th - Weds 12th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £10 (£9 conc)
COMPANY Honky Bonk Presents …

Fred Strangebone’s mind becomes a sideshow tent of unsettling curiosities. Peel back the flapping canvas door and behold the freaks within. A one man variety show of character comedy, clowning and spine chilling verse.

“Enjoyably grotesque…achingly funny…uniquely wonderful…a one-of-a-kind contribution to the London Horror Festival” - The Plays the Thing

BURLESQUE IN UNDERLAND: SCARY TALES

DATE Thurs 13th – Fri 14th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £12 (£10 conc)
COMPANY Burlesque In Underland

Enter, My Pretties... for scares, gore and glitter! Burlesque In Underland is a little bit bitter... Your favourite fairy tale characters go off the rail! Be prepared. This Halloween month we give you: SCARY TALES!

Fun fairy tale cabaret with a twist! Featuring the fabulous resident cast, award winning guest performers and hosted by drag & cabaret star Ruby Wednesday.

KNOCK, KNOCK …

DATE Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October 2016
Sunday 30th October 2016
START TIME 15:00
TICKET COST £10 (£8 conc)
COMPANY The Underground Clown Club in association with Gavin J Innes

Five short stories taking a twisted, comedic look at five classic horror genres; Gothic, Literature, Sci-Fi, Ghost Story and Slasher Movie: a show for every horror fan. Brought to you by The Underground Clown Club. (**** EdFringe Review) and Gavin J Innes (LHF 2015 Sold Out Show Ideomotor).

MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS adapted by T. L. Wiswell

DATE Sat 15th - Sun 16th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £12 (£10 conc)
COMPANY Vulcanello Productions

A genderswitched adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic novella, this story of a scientific journey to Antarctica to discover "what lies beneath the ice" has extra added flavor from both the Shackleton and Scott expeditions.

What undreamed of horrors await three adventurers in that long frozen world of certain death? Madness ... or worse?

MAKING MONSTERS by Becky Cooper

DATE Sunday 16th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10 (£8 conc)
COMPANY Golden Fire Theatre Company

Geneva, 1816. Dared to write a terrifying ghost story, Mary Shelley explores the darker side of her imagination to come up with an original idea. Can she come up with a tale that will 'curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart'?

Written by Becky Cooper.

POPHORROR’S BREXIT CHAINSAW MASSACRE

DATE Monday 17th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10 (£8 conc)
COMPANY PopHorror

For this special LHF show, PopHorror’s cabaret stars will be dissecting our nation’s turbulent summer through the mediums of Pop music and Horror.

Hosted by Baby Lame, PopHorror is the perfect night for anyone with an ear for pop, a taste for blood and a stomach full of bile.

BLACKSHAW’S SCARE SLAM

DATE Monday 17th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £7 (£5 conc)
COMPANY Blackshaw Theatre Company

A night of chilling storytelling. 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 second annual Scare Slam.

Prepare yourself for a night of chilling tales from both sides of the line of veracity.

Visit Blackshaw Online for info on how to participate (or come along to watch!)

ALL BUT US by J. J. Bayliss

DATE Tues 18th – Thurs 20th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10 (£9 conc)
COMPANY I Love This Town

Mariana and Ricky have worked together for a year and cupid is slowly weaving his magic. But tonight Mariana has decided to confess something... a dark and unbelievable secret that she hasn't uttered for a very, very, very long time.

But there are some paths you simply shouldn't go down...

A CURSE OF SAINTS

DATE Tues 18th – Thurs 20th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £10 (£9 conc)
COMPANY The Off-Off-Off Broadway Company

Cyprus, the 19th century. A shepherd fears the British colonisation of his motherland. He has visions of crooked saints and evil eyes.

As the omens escalate, along with sightings of an Anatolian gypsy’s ghost, he knows that death is nigh.

A new one-man show by an award-winning company.

THE WICKER HAMPER

DATE Friday 21st – Sun 23rd October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10 (£8.50 conc)
COMPANY Stack 10 Theatre

Stack 10 Theatre proudly presents The Wicker Hamper, an evening of laughs, screams and blood on Winterisle, an island off the coast of...an island off the coast. When Winterisle loses the funding for its theatre, there's only one thing that can bring it back...a human sacrifice!

THE TWINS MACABRE: CRIME DOESN’T PLAY

DATE Friday 21st – Sun 23rd October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £10 (£8 conc)
COMPANY The Twins Macabre

After a string of grisly murders, Detectives McKeith and Jones have two prime suspects… and they happen to be 10-year-olds…

As featured on BBC3 and BBC Radio 4, horror-comedy duo The Twins Macabre present their darkest, most twisted show yet!

‘Darkly hilarious, nerve-jangling comedy rampage.’ –Broadway Baby.

'Delightfully freaky.’ –The Telegraph.

THE HONKY BONK HOUSE OF HORROR

DATE Mon 24th – Weds 26th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10 (£9 conc)
COMPANY Honky Bonk Presents …

A creaky door,
foot steps on the floor.
Blood drips from the ceiling,
and you get a strange feeling.
here comes the fright,
from things that go BONK in the night.

Enter the Honky Bonk House of horror. A show of creepy and chaotic clowning.

"irresistibly funny." - Chortle

"To call them modern day clowns wouldn’t give justice to the act, as there are so many elements of comedy they use” - Made in Shoreditch

THE TRUNCATED NIGHTMARE HOUR

DATE Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £10 (£8 conc)
COMPANY James Hamilton and Molly Beth Morossa

Listen up and pipe down! You’ve tuned in to the Truncated Nightmare Hour - the horror comedy podcast where we strongly imply that horrible things have previously occurred. Settle in with your host Sebastian Owl for an evening of strange tales, odd happenings and top-shelf almond milk with two sinister new tales told each night.

Join us and celebrate the launch of this brand new podcast by hearing it live, with your ears, and then your brain. Episode 1 will be available to download on All Hallow's Eve...

GREYWING HOUSE

DATE Thursday 27th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10
COMPANY Molly Beth Morossa in association with Crowley & Co.

Greywing House sits precariously on the coast keeping watch over a cruel and tumultuous ocean. Miss Amelia has prepared your room, and awaits your arrival to introduce guests both past and present.

Award-winning performer Molly Beth Morossa intertwines storytelling, poetry, cabaret and original music by Daniel Cross (of Little Death Machine). This examination of isolation and loss through a classically gothic lens is sure to carry you out into deep, dark waters.

SÉANCE

DATE Thurs 27th & Sun 30th October 2016
START TIME 00:00
TICKET COST £15 (£12 conc)
COMPANY Philipp Oberlohr

“Think of a question about your future. Maybe we can find an answer on the other side...”

Join “Ex-Theologist turned Illusionist” Oberlohr in this dark spectacle about the strange experience of knowing what can't be known.

“Leave your beliefs at the door. Together with weak-hearted loved ones... or risk having both permanently altered.”

‘the accuracy of his guesses: genuinely spooky’ – Time Out London

‘A spooky one-man-show’ – Irish Times

DANDY DARKLY’S MYTH MOUTH!

DATE Fri 28th - Sun 30th October 2016
START TIME 19:00
TICKET COST £10
COMPANY Dandy Darkly

NYC's "King of Halloween" (Out Magazine) makes his LHF debut with latest Edinburgh Fringe smash Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth! -- a storytelling cabaret focused on religion, addiction and sinister science fiction. Calling all poets, perverts, addicts and hackers. Crash land on Planet Dandy!

"Compelling narratives set in grotesque realms of eerie, alarming detail." (Scotsman)

THE VIENNA EXPERIMENT

DATE Saturday 29th October 2016
START TIME 15:00
TICKET COST £15 (£12 conc)
COMPANY Secret Soirée & The Creepy Company

Join paranormal investigators Professor Fitzroy-Smogg and Baron von Wraith at the European Institute of Parapsychology. Let them take you through their most baffling and downright disturbing cases. Watch them conduct a series of thrilling experiments with – and on – you, their ‘witnesses’.

As funny as it is scary, The Vienna Experiment will chill, delight and amaze in equal measure.

SKIN DEEP

DATE Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October 2016
START TIME 21:30
TICKET COST £6
COMPANY Attila Theatre

"Do I look like someone who cares about what God thinks"

Erzsébet Báthory was rich, powerful, educated, beautiful and allegedly the world's most prolific female serial killer, murdering over five hundred young women. Sex, death, vanity & ambition intertwine to tell the tale of how Lady Báthory became ‘The Blood Countess’.

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