Hammer House Of Horror Live brings classic Gothic up to date with immersive theatre

Why you need to witness Hammer’s immersive theatre experience this October

Everyone loves the feel, the look, the mood of a classic Hammer Horror, so genre fans should be very excited about the fact that that the studio that dripped blood is putting on a show. This October, Hammer House Of Horror Live will offer audiences an immersive theatre experience, plunging you into a brand new tale.

“Hammer House Of Horror is probably the most famous brand within a brand that we have,” Hammer CEO Simon Oakes tells us. “We thought that would be a great place to bring this back.”

The exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but co-writer and director Anna Söderblom tells us that “The vague outline is a group of vampires who are trying to enact an a ritual that will allow them to walk in daylight.”

If that sounds like classic Hammer, that’s very much the point, but we’ll be seeing these stories brought up to date. “We’re also trying to see the contemporary interpretation of Victorian Gothic,” Söderblom continues. “The films in 50s and 60s and 70s are very much the 50s, 60s and 70s interpretations of what Gothic looks like, so we’re coming at this from a 2017 modern lens.”

The show will play in London’s Hoxton Hall, and the immersive experience will allow the audience to explore the atmospheric location as the stories unfold. “It’s a proper free-roaming promenade experience, it’s not guided and it’s not timed,” enthuses Oakes. “The audience comes into the building and then they are free to roam and explore as they wish. Although the running time is two hours, the stories are going on at the same time, so it’s quite a logistical feat to have it all moving smoothly and people not crashing into each other, it’s quite a feat of human engineering.”

While there’s a still a bit of a wait until October, Oakes promises that fans can definitely expect that classic Hammer spirit. “It’s our first outing in this kind of area so we thought we’d better deliver certain things. People might expect vampires, they might expect the living dead, we’ve also drawn inspiration from a trilogy of film that Hammer made in the 60s, and then that Gothic, Grand Guignol feel to it.”

Audiences can find out exactly what Hammer has in store for them this October, and we cannot wait to see it. Here’s all the info you ned to know:

Hammer House of Horror Live

3rd to 31st October 2017, Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH

Tickets from £48.50