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How To Catch a Krampus, a scary Christmas show for adults, at the Pleasance, Islington

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TRULY alternative to the traditional, Sink The Pink are bringing a brand new Christmas production to London’s Pleasance Theatre. Entitled How To Catch A Krampus, it runs from November 13 to December 23, 2018.

Their most ambitious project to date, this debut theatre residency closes a year of 10th birthday milestones including a headline sold out Brixton Academy show for Pride in July.

Based on Victorian melodrama and the myth of the Krampus (a horned eastern Eurpoean Christmas beast with the head of a goat and long hideous claws), the story follows the scandalous exploits of a part-time spirit medium/full-time con-artist.

Her shadowy life takes an even darker turn when her made-up magic suddenly starts to get results. When faced with certain death and growing suspicion from everyone around her, can she catch the Krampus and save her own skin in the process?

Inspired by London’s bawdy and dangerous theatrical past and a love of classic British Horror – think Sweeney Todd meets the Wicker Man – How To Catch A Krampus is a Christmas story that’s strictly for grown-ups, promising a truly terrifying night at the theatre.

How To Catch A Krampus is written and directed by Ginger Johnson, whose credits include Sink The Pink’s previous adventures Down the Rabbit Hole and The Queen’s Head at Selfridges. Starring a host of Sink The Pink faces, the cast also includes Lavinia Co-Op, a 67-year-old drag legend of famed radical drag troupe BLOOLIPS.

The show will feature a specially commissioned, spine-chilling score, performed live each night by musical director Sarah Bodalbhai and sound designer Alicia Turner, as well as ‘added deception’ from award-winning magician Tom Cassani.

Glyn Fussell, co-founder of Sink The Pink said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this show to a theatre as it’s always been a dream of Sink The Pink’s. This production will be unlike anything we’ve done before. Following reactions to early workshops of the show, producers have arranged for first aiders to be present at every performance, should audience members become unwell. Hang onto your wigs!”

NB: How To Catch A Krampus is suitable for ages 18+.

Tickets: Previews: £20 (£18 concessions), Full price: £25 (£22 concessions) – available from the box office on 0207 609 1800 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours.

Sink The Pink website.