Directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Artistic Director, Simon Stokes, the revival of Grand Guignol returned to The Drum from 9 – 18 October before heading to Southwark Playhouse where the acclaimed production ran for five weeks from 23 October – 22 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.