Yorkshire Theatre company to haunt the UK on tour with Shock Horror this Autumn

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Leeds-based Thunder Road Theatre have announced their 2024 Autumn UK tour of Shock Horror: A Ghost Story. Back by popular demand, it is the show’s third outing and the biggest tour yet. The cutting-edge theatre company are known as the 'Northern Horror Makers'.

Shock Horror is written and directed by a Huddersfield playwright and filmmaker, Ryan Simons (Eastenders, BBC; Emmerdale, ITV). It is produced by Leeds-based actor and creative, Alex Moran (War Horse; National Theatre, Quality Street; Northern Broadsides), who also stars in the show as main character, Herbert.

Shock Horror has been described as Stranger Things meets The Woman in Black; inspired by classic theatre ghost stories and cinema’s greatest frights, the show is a chilling journey into a haunted past. Combining live performance and big-screen action, it’s full of shivers, shrieks and shocking revelations.

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Herbert grew up in the Metropol. The eerie old cinema was his playground and prison – a place where endless late-night horror films were his only window to the world.

Shock Horror: A Ghost StoryShock Horror: A Ghost Story
Shock Horror: A Ghost Story

Forbidden from leaving by his disturbed parents, Herbert hid in its shadows and gorged on its movies. But what lurked in the Metropol’s darkness? And how did he manage to escape?

Now Herbert’s back at the abandoned cinema, searching for answers to long-buried questions. But for him, and for you, the real horror has only just begun…

Shock Horror opens in September at Perth Theatre, then tours to the Swansea Grand Theatre, Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury), Uppingham Theatre, Northern Stage (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Connaught Theatre (Worthing), Key Theatre (Peterborough), Macready Theatre (Rugby), Watford Palace Theatre, Edge Hill Arts Centre (Ormskirk), BEAM Hertford, concluding at Queens Theatre (Barnstaple) in November.

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The cast includes Alex Moran (War Horse, National Theatre; Quality Street UK Tour, Northern Broadsides) as Herbert, Chloe Proctor (Emmerdale, ITV; Doctors, BBC) as Norma, Joseph Carter as Jack (Hollyoaks, Channel 4; Yizkor, New Vic Theatre; 100 Years On, Everyman Theatre) and Chris Blackwood as Karras (Miss Julie, Gulbenkian Arts Centre; The Little Mermaid, Kings Theatre).

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Alex Moran on stage in Shock Horror

Alex Moran, producer and actor (Herbert) comments:

“We’re delighted with the excitement and demand the show has generated since it began. Supported by a fantastic tour this year across three countries. We can’t wait to start scaring again.”

Ryan Simons, writer and director comments:

"The venues we're visiting this year are brilliant, full of atmosphere for a ghost story. It's our third time touring this show and each time it grows into something creepier. We can't wait to be in the dark again with an auditorium full of scared people!"

Tour dates and further information can be found at: www.thunderroadtheatre.org/shockhorror

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