Flaming Sin: London’s Grand Guignol


Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Thrillpeddlers is presenting a three-play evening of Grand Guignol at The Hypnodrome on 10th and Division in San Francisco. Their program includes a “lost” one-act play by Noel Coward. It was written for a London revival of the Grand Guignol in 1920, and has not been performed since — and has never been published. It was discovered by a Welsh professor deep in the files of the Lord Chamberlain in the British Library.

Apparently Coward’s play lacks blood and gore, which is why the Guignolians didn’t so much dig it, but the sanguine elements of the evening are provided by the other two offerings.



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