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There is certainly no shortage of spooky things to do in London at Halloween, but if you want to be entertained by a good old-fashioned horror, in the comfort of fine velvet seating, look no further than London’s West End. This year, you’ll find a fantastic array of scary theatre shows in London, from slightly spooky to downright chilling. Read on for our top five recommendations when it comes to West End horror.
Even if you’ve already read the book or seen Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal in the 2012 film, nothing will prepare you for the eerie atmosphere of the theatre during the live performance. Follow lawyer Arthur Kipps as he journeys to a house in a remote village, where he has been tasked with putting the estate’s affairs in order. During his stay he realises the community is hiding a terrible secret; one that has frightening repercussions.
Where: Fortune Theatre
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm or 8pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 4pm or 8pm.
One of the longest-running West End shows, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatrical version of Gaston Leroux’s novel has been captivating audiences since 1986. Phantom of the Opera remains one of London’s most highly-rated shows, in part due to its spine-chilling depiction of a hugely troubled protagonist. The Phantom himself is so ashamed of his facial disfigurement that he hides in the darkness of the Paris Opera House, where he loves vocalist Christine Daaé from afar. He haunts the Opera house and becomes feared by all who work there, eventually taking drastic action in an attempt to achieve his dreams of a happy ever after.
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7.30pm, and Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap is the West End’s oldest show, debuting in 1952. It’s a classic, thriller-style whodunit which keeps audiences guessing throughout the performance. The story takes place in Monkswell Manor, a guesthouse newly-opened by the Ralstons. The couple hear on the radio about a murder taking place nearby, think little of it, but then start receiving an assortment of curious guests. Mystery and intrigue climbs as the play continues with all sorts of creepy goings-on.
Where: St. Martin’s Theatre
When: Mondays at 7.30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm, and Saturdays at 4pm and 7.30pm
This spooky play first premiered in 2010, and has repeatedly returned to theatres over the years, usually just in time for Halloween. The show sees Phillip Goodman, a Professor of Parapsychology (the study of mental phenomena), recount stories he has heard that he cannot explain. If you’re into psychological thrillers and conversations about the unknown, this London horror show is the event for you.
Where: Ambassadors Theatre
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7.30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
If you can bear to hang on a little longer, the theatrical adaptation of this world-renowned Gothic tale promises to be worth the wait. The novel, written in 1817 by Mary Shelley, details the unnatural occurrences that happen in a dark and dank laboratory in Germany. Scientist Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the desire to manufacture a human, and attempts to do so using the body parts of the deceased. But, of course, things don’t entirely go to plan.
Where: Richmond Theatre
When: 18th-23rd November. Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
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