London's Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror
by Richard J. Hand, Michael Wilson, Richard Hughes , Noël Coward , Pierre Chaine , H.F. Maltby , Victor MacClure , Christopher Holland , more…Eliot Crawshay-Williams , André de Lorde , Reginald Berkeley , Gladys Unger , Michael W. Wilson …less
London’s Grand Guignol—a macabre theatre of naturalistic horror—was established in the early 1920s at the Little Theatre in the West End. Taking its cue from Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris, this high-profile venture enjoyed as much critical controversy as popular success. On its side were some of the finest actors of the English stage, such as Sybil Thorndike and Lew...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by University of Exeter Press
(first published January 1st 2002)
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Brief history of the Grand Guignol theatre in London, covering key actors and production staff along with the difficulty in getting controversial plays approved by the British censors of the era. Also includes a broad selection of plays, which give a good sense of the scope and style used in Grand Guignol performances.