As Halloween approaches, you might be looking for some spine-tingling theatre to get you in the spirit. Well look no further – here’s our roundup of thirteen spooktacular shows!
Phantom of the Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre
I’m sure there’s no need to explain this classic. The longest ever running show in the West End (thirty-six years!) Phantom’s sinister plot and spine-tingling vocals are more than enough to put you in the mood for Halloween. Make sure to try your luck on the £30 tickets released on the day at 10:00am – here is the link to book them.
The Woman in Black – Fortune Theatre
Running for thirty-three years on the West End, The Woman in Black is a close contender to Phantom. This show is truly terrifying – get ready for some jump scares. If you want to find out more about this thriller, you can read Amy’s review here. You can also read her interview with Matthew Spencer, who plays The Actor, here.
2:22 A Ghost Story – The Criterion
If you like on-the-edge-of-your-seat shows, 2:22 A Ghost Story is the one for you. The cast changes quite often; you can read Barbara’s review of the most recent cast here.
Wicked – The Apollo Victoria
Finally the last but definitely not the least show in our West End category is the beloved Wicked. I’ve seen Wicked three times and know the words to all of the songs by heart; it never gets old. What better time to see this show – for the first, or for the third, fourth, or fifth time – than during the festive Halloween season.
The Witches of Oz – The Vaults
This gloriously queer show is brought to you by my favorite venue, The Vaults. Jumping off a very successful run of Mulan Rouge, The Witches of Oz is a hilarious show accompanied by a delicious four course dinner. If you want to get your spook and your munchies on, this is the event for you. If you need any more convincing, you can read Amy’s five star review here.
Phantom Peak – Hallowed Peak – Canada Street
Get ready to be up close and personal with some eerie yet incredible actors because you do not want to miss this thrilling immersive event. Phantom Peak London: Hallowed Peak lets you roam Old Town, where there are carnival acts, live music, shops, and maybe some more supernatural things. Hallowed Peak is on until November 6, but if you miss it, don’t worry; they also do a Christmas immersive experience!
Saw: The Experience – 1 American Square
The most intense on our list, Saw: The Experience is definitely not for the faint of heart. Test your endurance and your will in this terrifying escape experience, on from November 8.
Off West End
The Rocky Horror Show – Wimbledon Theatre
I must confess, the first time I saw Rocky Horror was last year, and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a performance. The audience was incredible; I can see why this has a cult following. Rocky Horror is on at Wimbledon Theatre November 21-26, so dance the time warp all the way over there!
The Moors – The Hope Theatre
The Moors is a gothic, queer, and irreverent play inspired by the letters of Charlotte Bronte – what more could you ask for? This show ends November 5, and if you want to learn more about it, Amy has interviewed the director of the show (Phil Bartlett), which can be found here.
The Canterville Ghost – Southwark Playhouse
The Canterville Ghost is an Oliver Wilde ghost story with a twist – it’s mixed with song, humor, and stage magic. Don’t miss this ghostly story that is on until November 5. For more information on it, you can read George’s review here and read Rachel’s interview with the director, Olivia Jacobs, here.
Proud Cabaret – West Side Horror Story – Proud Embankment
It’s always a good time to go to Proud Cabaret, so there’s really no excuse to put it off for the Halloween season – especially when there is such a niche show happening. West Side Horror Story is on for two nights only – October 28 and 29 – so don’t miss out!
Unnatural Causes – The Duchess Theatre
For a more sinister night out, check out Dr Richard Shepherd’s Unnatural Causes, where he recounts his experiences with deaths surrounding serial killers, natural disasters, and the unexplained. This is a gem that is only on for one night – October 31.
Grimfest – Old Red Lion Theatre
Our last show of the roundup is actually a roundup of shows at the Old Red Lion Pub Theatre. Grimfest brings a whopping thirteen plays, and this spooky season ends November 5.