Grand Guignol

Horror plays popular in the 1890s – 1960s


Originally performed at the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897 to 1962), a converted church.

About Grand Guignol

Celebrity Visitors:

January 4, 1914; Winston Churchill and Mrs Churchill spent the evening at the Grand Guignol theatre in Paris (The Times, January 5 1914)

London Productions

Shaftesbury Theatre
Le Grand Guignol (March 21 1908 – April 4 1908) Every evening at 8.15pm, matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2.15pm
A short season – the celebrated Parisian company with a series of their one act sensational plays from Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol, Paris
First Series (21 – 27 March):
Le Rouge est Mis; L’Angoisse; Un Peu de Musique; Les Nuits du Hampton-Club
Second Series (from 28 March):
Rosalie; Monsieur Jean; Les Trois Messieurs du Havre; La Veuve; Gardiens de Phare; L’Angoisse; Un Peu de Musique

In the following years, a number of play listings referenced ‘Grand Guignol’ as the style or inspiration of the piece.

The London Palladium
The Medium (November 1912) produced by Mr Arthur Bourchier’s company. Adapted from L’Angoisse. [part of a night of variety pieces]

The Court Theatre
November 23 1913 – Little French Theatre
La Delaissee; Depuis Six Mois; Sabotage

December 14 1913 – Little French Theatre
Le Pharmicien by Max Maurey; La Fugue de Madame Caramon by Pierre Jeanniot; L’Ami des Deux by Henry Caen; La Recommendation by Max Maurey which will be acted by members of the Grand Guignol company

The Coronet
June 14 1915 – season by The Grand Guignol company

Duke of Yorks Theatre
July 1932 – Grand Guignol plays – Fourth Series
The Old Women starring Sybil Thorndikel; The Vigil; Rounding the Triangle; The Seeker of Sensation starring Russell Thorndike

Daily Mail, 16 July 1932