Ladybird and The Monster Hunters: LIVE at London Horror Festival review

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One of the great things about the London Horror Festival is the sheer diversity of shows on offer. Last night I took in two very different shows at Camden Town’s Etcetera Theatre, one knockabout funny and the other was rather more disturbing.

First up was The Monster Hunters: LIVE! A Knife at the Museum, a homage to that wild streak of psychedelically surreal creativity, which swept through British film and television during the 1960s and 70s that gave us some hit-and-miss Hammer Horrors as well as shows like The Avengers, Dr Who, Department S and The Persuaders.

So, it’s 1971 and Roy Steel (Matthew Woodcock), a hard drinking, womanising big game hunter, and Lorrimer Chesterfield (Peter Davis), an occult studies professor and possessor of the second largest brain in Britain (a kind of low rent Alan Quatermain and Van Helsing), are…

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