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Event: London Horror Festival 2014 Open for Submissions


By Andreas Charalambous - 5th May 2014

As the London Horror Festival 2014 opens for submissions, it also announces that, in this its fourth year, it will be undergoing a change of management. After creating the festival in 2011 and after 3 hugely successful seasons, Theatre of the Damned are now taking a step back to allow the team to pursue other projects. And they are handing the reigns to none other than friends, festival veterans and fellow horror enthusiasts Hidden Basement Productions.


Hidden Basement Productions are a theatre company specializing in horror. Their first play The Puppetry of Flesh, an unsettling tale of a young man tormented by demons, combining live actors and puppetry, was premiered at the London Horror Festival 2012 at the Etcetera Theatre Camden, and was a sell out success. Last year Hidden Basement collaborated with writer and actor Nicholas Vince to present a double bill of psychological horror plays for the festival. Nicholas, best known for playing the Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's Hellraiser film, worked with the company to dramatise two stories from his acclaimed collection, What Monsters Do. The show explored love, lust, obsession, the bond of family and the dark violence that lurks behind seemingly innocent people, and was another sell out triumph for the company, with rave reviews.


Hidden Basement Productions are thrilled to announce that this year they will be taking on the production and running of the London Horror Festival and that the festival is now officially open for submissions.


Now entering it's fourth year, this annual celebration of horror in the performing arts is going strong, and 2014 is promising to be bigger and better than ever!


With previous programmes including a mix of theatre, radio, film, cabaret, lectures and comedy, the London Horror Festival is an exciting three-week event promoting new and innovative work in the arts, supporting London fringe theatre and dedicated to thrilling and chilling London audiences throughout October.


Highlights from last year’s festivals include: ‘Grand Guignol – Screams of Terror’ by horror theatre masters Exeter Alternative Theatre, Hidden Basement’sWhat Monsters Do’ – bringing the short horror stories of ‘Hellraiser’ legend Nicholas Vince to the stage, macabre sketch comedy villains Casual Violence’s sell out performance of ‘House of Nostril’ , master story teller Marty Ross’ chilling production ‘21st Century Poe: Falling for the Ushers’’ and Artwork Opera’s unsettling operatic adaptation of Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw’.


Back again for 2014 will be the acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company with Stage Fright – our annual competition to find the best short horror radio play. And for the first time ever, the London Horror Festival will be hosting a short horror films competition – with winning entries screened at the festival.


Submissions for both will be open soon. The London Horror Festival 2014 is once again back at it's official home - the Etcetera Theatre, Camden and running from 13th - 31st October 2014.


For companies interested in performing at the festival, submissions can be made through the website


Please read the information pack provided before completing the application form.


Application deadline: 1st July 2014


For general press enquires relating the festival please contact Claire Soares at or on 07904 740 573


Keep up to date with all the latest festival news by following us on Twitter @LndnHorrorFest.

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