Carl Grose’s acclaimed Grand Guignol returns to the stage

Grand Guignol (2009 cast). Photo by Manuel Harlan
Grand Guignol (2009 cast). Photo by Manuel Harlan

The revival of Carl Grose’s acclaimed Grand Guignol is set to return to The Drum, Plymouth this October before transferring to the Southwark Playhouse for a five week run.

Grand Guignol was a theatre movement of thrill, shock and horror and the play centres on the original Parisian theatre company and its members.

It’s 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.

It’s 1903, in the back streets of Montmartre, 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.

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.

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.


The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, October 9-18
Southwark Playhouse, London, October 23–November 22

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