Tuesday, October 17The Voice of London

Five scary shows to see this Halloween

If you’re unsure what to do for Halloween or want to try something new, check out this season’s spine-chilling shows in London.

Reporter: Sarah Louhichi | Sub-Editor: Chloe Chapman

Lead actors from Woman in Black (Londonist)
Lead actors from Woman in Black (Londonist)

The Pumpkin Spice Latte season has arrived and with the first falling leaves, Halloween is around the corner. Most millennials are currently looking for the scariest costume, the most exciting party to go to and frightening movies to watch. However, London’s performing arts offers an alternative.

Instead of hiding behind your pillow watching a scary movie in the safety of your living room, try a different way to be spooked. Go out and enjoy any of these horror shows in London:

 

1. 139 Copeland Street

139 Copeland Road poster (Eventbrite)
139 Copeland Road poster (Eventbrite)

In 1974 Mary Collins and her two children died without leaving a trace. During this immersive experience you and a small group of people will attempt to connect with spirits lingering around in 139 Copeland Road, in order to discover what happened to the souls that once lived in that house. This unique show starts 1 November and is suitable for ages 18 and over.

Dates: 1 – 30 November I Tickets

 

2. Lunatic

Lunatic poster (ActDrop)
Lunatic poster (ActDrop)

 N16 delivers a play based on the 1897 novel Dracula, by Bram Stroker. The spooky play looks at two of his iconic characters. Dr. John Steward and his patient R.M. Renfield and examines the relationship between the doctor and his psychopathic fly-eating patient. There are only three performances with 7:30 pm shows including a screening of the original 1931 Dracula afterwards.

Dates: 30 – 31 October I Tickets

 

3. Howl

Howl poster (Rosemary Branch Theatre)
Howl poster (Rosemary Branch Theatre)

 The Rosemary Branch Theatre offers an interactive horror play this Halloween. Frissonic’s Howl takes a small audience of six on a journey to discover the origins of the mysterious whispers in the haunted theatre-pub. This immersive play will leave your spine tingling while you’re contacting the spirit world. Suitable for ages 16 and over.

Dates: 11 – 31 October I Tickets

 

4. The House of Usher

The House of Usher poster (www.thehopetheatre.com)
The House of Usher poster (www.thehopetheatre.com)

A gothic musical thriller that will not only frighten you but also entertain you musically with its new score. An ancient and noble family is plagued by a curse and when a family friend comes to visit you’ll watch them uncover dark secrets of the House of Usher. A gothic musical thriller not to miss this Halloween season.

Dates: 18 October – 5 November I Tickets 

 

 5. Woman in Black

The Woman in Black poster (Darlington Visual)
The Woman in Black poster (Darlington Visual)

A classic and one of the longest running shows in London. Now celebrating its 27th year in the West End. Fortune Theatre’s The Woman in Black still terrifies audiences to their core. Arthur Kipps needs to overcome a terrible experience he had 30 years ago, he goes to an actor to help him tell his story. While the two of them reanimate Mr Kipps’ past the Woman in Black is never far.

When walking home through the quiet and dark streets of London, you’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder, not being able to shake the feeling of being followed by the Woman in Black. Well, she might be.

Dates: Until the unforeseeable future I Tickets


Whether you’re into ghost stories, psychic thrillers or evil curses, London’s West End and Fringe Theatre has everything a Halloween lover can dream of. One thing is sure, you’ll leave the theatre feeling positively terrified.

 

@VoiceofLDNarts

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