Following sell-out success and wide acclaim for their previous productions at the London Horror Festival, ‘The Puppetry Of Flesh’ and ‘What Monsters Do’, horror theatre company and previous LHF producers Hidden Basement Productions return to the stage this October with their darkly comic retelling of the HP Lovecraft classic horror novella ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ for the London Horror Festival 2017 at The Old Red Lion Theatre, London.
Originally devised and directed by Philip North and Jade Allen, the initial production was met with rave reviews at the London Horror Festival 2015 and at the Black Box Festival 2016.
“…pricelessly hysterical!” – London Theatre 1
“An excellent night out with great performances and a witty script, I give ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ a big 666/666!” – The Horror Hothouse
“Charming, fun and entertaining…This fishy adventure is splashed with humour and drowning in a shoal of characters” – Scatter of Opinion
Philip North returns to direct and perform in this re-worked and developed production and is joined by fellow Hidden Basement company member Claire Matthews.
Set in the ancient sea port town of Innsmouth in 1920’s, the story tells of one man’s terrifying and disturbing journey as he explores his family history and encounters a malign undersea civilisation.
The script is partly based and adapted from the original text from HP Lovecraft, but North adds the additional storyline of the principal character’s fears of marriage, mental and physical illness and race, providing a commentary of Lovecraft’s own fears and political views at the time.
Featuring original music by singer and musician Paul Thompson, puppets created by Hattie Thomas and Verity Treadwell, and combining physical theatre, mime and mask work, this darkly comic fast paced two hander brings a HP Lovecraft classic to the stage as you’ve never seen it before.
On a frankly tedious architectural tour of the coastline, Robert Olmstead happens across the ancient seaport of Innsmouth…
What he discovers there will threaten his life, test his will and shatter his sanity.
Join us to explore the complex and sometimes deadly relationship between man and fish…
‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ is on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, at 7pm, 16th -18th October 2017 as part of the London Horror Festival 2017.
Ticket price: £10 (£8 conc.)
Old Red Lion Theatre box office: 0844 412 4307
Hidden Basement Productions are a theatre company specialising in horror. Their first play ‘The Puppetry of Flesh’ was premiered at the London Horror Festival 2012 and was a sell-out success. This was followed closely by the double bill ‘What Monsters Do’ at the London Horror Festival 2013, a collaboration with horror icon and festival patron Nicholas Vince. Nicholas, well known for playing the Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ and ‘Hellraiser II: Hellbound’, worked with Hidden Basement Productions to bring two dramatized short horror stories from his collection ‘Tunes from the Music Hall’ and ‘Green Eyes’ to the stage.
Hidden Basement Productions went on to take over as producers of the London Horror Festival in 2014 and 2015, before starting work on their current project.
Philip North’s theatre credits as co-writer and director include ‘Madame Everleigh’s Love Emporium’ and ‘The Untimely Death of Mr String’ for the Raven Theatre Company, ‘Piercing the Veil’ – an original radio play for the Hellraiser Podcast, ‘The Puppetry of Flesh’ and ‘What Monsters Do’ for Hidden Basement Productions.