London Horror Festival 2011 - the inaugural festival screams into town this autumn

London's first 'independent festival of horror', the London Horror Festival 2011 runs from 25th October to 27th November at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton.

The frightening accoutrements and stylings of the fashionistas of Hoxton Square are usually enough to test the firmest of constitutions but The Courtyard is looking to further up the ante with more than four weeks of the macabre.

The creeping chill of those lengthening autumn nights will see the theatre hosting three shows each evening for a month excluding Mondays (presumably already scary enough). In league with the Theatre of the Damned, The Courtyard is offering disturbing adaptations of classic horror fiction, adventurous new writing, grisly comedy and the blackest of humour.

A total of 11 shows are on rotation across the month- we've selected a handful of highlights below. Shows are priced individually.

As with any good show, the front few rows are at risk of being splattered with blood/ketchup. You have been warned.

Revenge of the Grand Guignol - Image: www.thecourtyard.org.uk
 

Revenge of the Grand Guignol

This four-shows-in-one evening horror spectacular has been called 'London's scariest show' by The Evening Standard. The four short plays see scientists inflict cruel experiments on unsuspecting patients, a long-buried secret dragging itself from the earth, online terror as a kinky game ends in disaster and witnesses madness descend on a forgotten factory during the blitz... 25th Oct - 27th Nov, tickets £16.

The Dunwich Horror - Image: www.thecourtyard.org.uk
 

The Dunwich Horror

In a lonely and curious part of the country, on a strange mountain top near a small, fetid village, a bitter old wizard cries out... Here is born the doom of all mankind. The Dunwich Horror is one of H.P. Lovecraft's greatest tales; a brooding sense of something out of place, that builds to a terrific climax. Lovecraft's classic, adapted by David Dawkins runs from 25th Oct to 6th Nov, tickets £15.

Night of the Damned
 

Night of the Damned

The hard and dirty Gothic rock of Release the Bats is 'Alice Cooper meets The Birthday Party down a dark alley in Transylvania', while the wailing synthesisers of Corpse Lights send out 'waves of Hex-hop that lap at the shores of the spirit world'. Expect immersive performances, strange occurrences and chance slayings. Dress for an orgy in an undertakers. 31st Oct - 1st Nov, tickets £10 on the door from 6:30PM.

Possession is 9/10ths
 

Possession is 9/10ths

Kathryn McConnell's play about neighbours from hell and lottery winners, Dolly and Clint Wood who find themselves at home with a hazy memory of the previous nights' antics when in walks a young couple who start to re-decorate. Realising they are in fact now deceased, the Woods' decide try to force the couple out... 1st - 6th November, tickets £12.

The Woods are Lovely
 

The Woods are Lovely

In the woods, the worries of work are far away. Out here nobody can get in contact with you to hassle you about this or that. Nobody can get in contact with you at all. You can't get in contact with them either. You're all by yourself. Sounds lovely... A new play by Stephen Middleton. 8th - 20th Nov, tickets £12.

The Orgy in the Lighthouse and Other Dark Tales
 

The Orgy in the Lighthouse and Other Dark Tales

Three brutally stark plays, bringing together two Grand-Guignol classics and Ed Allenby's new work, 'Penalty'. The new play shows the gruesome price a young woman pays for a perceived insult, while the classic Guignol comedy 'Chop-Chop!' sees a man in a guillotine with his lover's husband at the controls... Meanwhile, 'The Orgy in the Lighthouse' charts the descent of a light-hearted party into torture and murder... 22nd - 27th Nov, tickets £12.

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