Providence: The Shadow Over Lovecraft

Presented by Dominic Allen & Simon Maeder

“Life is a hideous thing.”

Prepare to be amazed, terrified, and driven insane! Great Cthulhu may be sleeping beneath the sea, but in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft can’t get a wink. Join the morose and miserable Howard Phillips Lovecraft, author of ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’ and other incredibly weird tales, as he contemplates the many mistakes that make up his life.

His father went mad when he was four. He suffered a mental breakdown when he was eighteen. He lived with his overprotective mother until he was thirty. He loathed seafood, loved coffee and hated immigrants. Indeed he despised anyone who wasn’t an 18th century English Gentleman. But he hated himself most of all. Lovecraft's losses were fortunately our gains as his enigmatic, tortured mind gave birth to a body of work we now consider as the foundations of the modern horror genre.

Using physical comedy, live music and all the classic horror tropes you can rattle a chain at, Dominic Allen (Belt-Up, A Common Man) and Simon Maeder (Superbolt Theatre) explore a wretched life and ask a haunting question: can any love be salvaged from one so filled with hate?

WINNER of VAULTS Festival ‘Pick of the Week’ award.

“An experience which takes the gloomy eldritch horror which one might expect and replaces it with belly-laughs and fascination” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Impressive! Their facial expressions alone are a delight!” ★★★★ The Stage

“I love this show. It’s a masterclass in physical comedy.” The Play’s The Thing


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