Grand Guignol


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Carl Grose


1903. Paris, Montmartre and the Theatre du Grand Guignol opens its doors to an unsuspecting public. The plays, rife with madness and murder, are sold out every night to an awestruck public, avid for the horrors that are nightly set before them. But when a psychiatrist, obsessed with the gruesome dramas, ingratiates his way into the company and starts to unpick the author’s mind, the boundaries between theatre and truth begin to blur…

A black comedy, a demented, psychological thriller and an unrepentant splatter-fest, Carl Grose’s play is a head-spinning, genre-bending phantasmagoria, guaranteed to keep you guessing – and wincing – to the very last horror show...


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 9th – Saturday 18th October 2014

Southwark Playhouse
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 22nd November 2014


“Grand Guignol thrills, nauseates and delights”
Karen Bussell, Western Morning News

“… a rollercoaster ride on which you’re never quite sure what is going to happen next, or whther to laugh or shudder… but what fun!”
Bill Stone, The Herald


Nurse Fether, Second Guard, Maxa, Sonia, Veronique, Claire, Louise
Emily Raymond

May Maurey, Edgar Poe, Level, The Sister
Andy Williams




Professor Tarr, Andre De Lorde, Dr Gorlitz, One-Eye
Jonathan Broadbent

Jean, Chief Guard, Ratineau, De Mora, Phillipe, Joshua, Hunchback
Paul Cheque

Dr Alfred Bint
Matthew Pearson

Henri, Paulais, Dr Marbois, Charrier, Gateaux, Nikolai, Normandy Witch
Robert Portal


Creative Team

Simon Stokes

Alex Doidge-Green

Lighting Designer
David W. Kidd

Sound Designer
Adrienne Quartly

Fight Director
Malcolm Ranson

Casting Director
Stephen Moore

Consultant Producer
Jenny Topper

Assistant Director
Phil Bartlett

Translation of original scripts
Anthony Wise