It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing. As we all know, it’s the spoooookiest time of the year, so check out our list of the spooky shows in London for some scary fun!
Park Theatre – Until 9 November
For a chilling true story that will send shivers down your spine, look no further than Fast. Based on a 19th century true story from America, Kate Barton’s thriller explores the horrific consequences of a fasting-based miracle cure that captivated and then devastated a nation, and ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard, the woman behind it all.
Ambassadors Theatre – Until 4 January 2020
Filled with jumps, thrills and surprises, information and imagery from Ghost Stories is kept deliberately sparse, so that no one knows what to expect. An exhilarating 80 minutes of shocks, jumps and scares – it’s only for the brave!
St Martin’s Theatre – Booking until 28 March 2020
Nearly 70 years on, and the culprit of this famous murder mystery is still somehow unknown! Agatha Christie’s tale is one of the most famous whodunnits around the world. With a hotel full of guests stuck in a snowstorm, distrust and tension rise and accusations fly. The investigation will have you on the edge of your seat.
The Phantom Of The Opera
Her Majesty’s Theatre – Booking until 4 April 2020
If you’re looking for something a bit more musical (and who can blame you?) but still thrillingly spooky, the obvious choice is iconic musical Phantom Of The Opera. It doesn’t matter if you know the twists and turns inside out and know all the words to every song – it will never not be creepy.
Lyric Hammersmith – Until 2 November
Now, this one’s a little different. Rather than jump scary or outright spooky, Solaris is one of those plays that will get under your skin. Based on Stanislaw Lem’s cult science fiction novel, the play follows an investigation on board a spaceship. When psychologist Kris arrives on board, one crew member is dead and the two remaining scientists cannot explain the things that they are seeing. When her dead lover appears to her, she realises she too has fallen victim to this strange force. But does she want it to end?
Witness For The Prosecution
London County Hall – Booking until 13 September 2020
Staged inside a unique court room setting inside London’s County Hall, Agatha Christie’s famous work is utterly thrilling. This 2018 revival was the first major London production of a play written by Agatha Christie to open since the 1960s. Facing the hangman’s noose, Leonard Vole must persuade the jury that he’s innocent of murdering a rich widow for her inheritance. The stakes are the highest they could be.
The Woman In Black
Fortune Theatre – Booking until 26 September 2020
The Woman In Black barely needs any introduction – the iconic ghost story has been terrifying theatregoers in London for over 30 years. Suffice to say, the stage show is no less terrifying than the 2012 film, despite having only two main cast members and minimal props. And of course, we’re sure you’ve heard the rumours that the Fortune is haunted…
And for those of you who believe that screams and scares shouldn’t be limited to just one night a year, check out the upcoming spooky shows in London below!
Duke Of York’s Theatre – 5 March – 11 April 2020
Okay, you caught us, this one’s not *technically* that scary. But if you’re a fan of ghosts and Jennifer Saunders (who isn’t) then you’ll love this new production of Noël Coward’s iconic comedy, Blithe Spirit. After eccentric medium, Madame Acarti, holds a seance, Charles Condomine gets stuck with the ghost of his dead first wife. The only screaming you’ll be doing is with laughter, but this tale of the occult-gone-wrong isn’t to be missed.
Faustus: That Damned Woman
Lyric Hammersmith – 22 January – 22 February 2020
Faustus: That Damned Woman is the latest play from award-winning playwright Chris Bush. The story re-writes the legend of Dr Faustus – a scholar who, bored of studying conventional knowledge, sells their soul to the devil in exchange for the powers of black magic. This modern re-working sees Faustus rewritten as a woman trading sacrifices to travel across centuries and alter the fabric of history.
Touching The Void
Duke Of York’s Theatre – 9 November – 29 February
From the director of War Horse comes a new stage adaptation of Joe Simpson’s chilling memoir. Touching The Void tells the tale of the climber’s fate after his climbing partner makes the impossible decision to cut Joe’s rope in order to save himself. Though assumed dead, hundreds of feet below in a snowstorm, Joe is doing everything he can to survive. With a dizzying and discombobulating set, you’ll feel like you’re right up on the mountain with them, gripping the edge of your seat.