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April – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Carrie Marx Director:  Chris Lincé Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Performer Carrie Marx was behind one of the most creepy shows from last year’s VAULT Festival. In Unburied, a play about a lost children’s TV show, Marx took the audience into the dark web, with terrifying results. Her new show, April, is also unsettling and eerie. Aprilis an internet sensation. She ...

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Late Night with Cthulhu –The Old Red Lion, London

Creators: Raising Ashes Theatre Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Late Night with Cthulhu takes place in the fictional shared universe of ubiquitously popular cosmic horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods (Cthulhu et al.) have long since awoken from their ancient slumber and have spent the last few hundred years comprehensively enslaving all of humanity. Cut to the city of Londinium, ...

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The Colour Out of Space – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Barnes, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft Director: Tim Vaughan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The Colour Out of Space is one of H P Lovecraft’s better known short stories, and its tale of a mysterious infection spread from a meteor of unknown origin has provided many a creative inspiration in the ninety odd years since. Shedload Theatre’s staging takes ...

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The Milkman Cometh – The Vault Festival, London

Writers: Alice Bounce, Maxwell Tyler and Owen Jenkins Director:  Katherine Timms Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Definitely the strangest show to appear in The Vault Festival’s opening week, The Milkman Cometh is the bastard child of The Wicker Man and Barbarella. Loud, crude and funny, it’s perfect late-night festival fodder. The front-of-house staff are not handing out ear-plugs for nothing! In the near ...

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The Tell-Tale Heart  – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Anthony Neilson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire   The National Theatre’s recipe for Christmas: Take a classic Edgar Allan Poe story and season with plenty of Hitchcock; Add a splash of The Exorcist and a pinch of Misery; Place in The Dorfman for two and a half hours; Serve with postmodern irony. It’s definitely a recipe for success. Surprisingly, The Tell-Tale Heart is Anthony ...

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Chutney – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Reece Connolly Director: Georgie Staight Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the pressures that long-term couples face is how to maintain interest in one another. One such solution is to find a mutual hobby – but in Reece Connolly’s gloriously macabre black comedy Chutney, one couple’s particular hobby proves their undoing. Connolly posits Gregg and Claire as a couple who ...

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Darlington Hippodrome

Adapted by Jenny King Director: Eduard Lewis Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite being the most famous monster of all time, as well as possessing frightening power and evil motivations, Count Dracula just isn’t scary anymore. Blame the numerous parodies and appearances in every conceivable medium from cartoons to cereal boxes, but Dracula has lost his bite. With this in mind, the ...

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Dracula – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptor & Writer: Jenny King from the book by Bram Stoker Director: Eduard Lewis Reviewer: Dominic Corr The witching hour may have passed, but the heart of darkness lingers yet at the King’s theatre. Watcher of the night Dracula, arrives in Edinburgh in a new multi-sensory experience promising to tell the tale anew. As the audience laugh, natter and drink a ...

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