Thursday, 11 September 2014

Grand Guignol transfers to Southwark Playhouse following Plymouth run

Simon Stokes' revival of Grand Guignol is returning to The Drum (Theatre Royal Plymouth) from Thursday 9th October until Saturday 18th October ahead of a five week run at the Southwark Playhouse. The production opens in The Large on Monday 27th October (previews from 23rd October) and closes on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

1903, in the back streets of Monmartre, the Theatre du Grand Guignol opens its doors to an unsuspecting public. The plays performed, rife with madness and murders, are sold out every night. A psychiatrist obsessed with the playwright’s gruesome dramas ingratiates his way into the company. But when he starts to unpick the author’s mind, the boundaries between theatre and truth begin to blur…

Delighting in this lost theatrical form, Carl Grose’s wild play works fast and loose with convention. Grand Guignol was a theatre movement of thrill, shock and horror and the play centres on the original Parisian theatre company and its members. Grand Guignol is strange, funny, gothic and philosophical - a black comedy, a psychological thriller and an unrepentant splatter-fest guaranteed to keep you guessing (and wincing) to the very last horror show.

Carl Grose has written numerous plays including Quick Silver, 49 Donkeys Hanged, The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo and Gargantua. Previous plays at The Drum include Superstition Mountain and Horse Piss For Blood, also directed by Simon Stokes. Carl is currently writing new plays for the RSC and the National Theatre.

Since taking over as Artistic Director in 1998, Simon Stokes has established the Theatre Royal Plymouth as one of the UK’s most influential and prolific venues for new writing. Simon has produced and co-produced more than 60 plays, developing, supporting and premiering work. He has close and very long standing production relationships with Frantic Assembly and the Belgian company Ontroerend Goed as well as Told By An Idiot and Paines Plough among many others. 

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