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Grand Guignol to play Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse

Grand GuignolDirected by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Artistic Director, Simon Stokes, the revival of Grand Guignol will return to The Drum from 9th to 18 October before heading to Southwark Playhouse where the acclaimed production will run for five weeks from 23rd October to 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…

Revelling 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 many 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. For the past eighteen years he has worked extensively with the internationally acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre as both actor and writer. Writing for Kneehigh includes Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, Blast!, Cymbeline, Hansel & Gretel, The Wild Bride and, most recently, Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs) – a new version of The Beggar’s Opera. Carl has written for Told By An Idiot, National Theatre of Wales, Vesturport, Spymonkey, Soho Theatre and BBC TV and Radio. He also co-founded the Cornish production company o-region. 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. On his watch, Simon has produced and co-produced more than 60 plays, developing, supporting and premiering work by such names as Abi Morgan, Mike Bartlett, Anthony Neilson, Debbie Tucker, Alecky Blythe, Mark Ravenhill, Lucinda Coxon, Bryony Lavery, Chris Goode, Gregory Burke, Philip Ridley and Doug Lucie. 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.

Grand Guignol continues to spotlight the reputation of the Theatre Royal Plymouth as one of the best places in the country to see new, exciting and ambitious work by some of our most acclaimed playwrights and theatre makers.

Listings Information
Grand Guignol, written by Carl Grose and directed by Simon Stokes

9th – 18th October
Mon – Sat 7.45pm • All Seats £14.70
Press night: Monday 13 October 2014
All Concessions £10.70
Post Show Q&A Wed 15 October
Recommended for everyone aged 14+
Running time 2 hours approximately.
Box office 01752 267222

23rd October – 22nd November
Press night: Monday 27 October 2014
Online: www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
Telephone 020 7407 0234
Ticket Prices: Previews £10
£18, £16 (conc.)
Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Equity, Over 65’s
Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.


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