|Grand Guignol Theatre|
The Grand Guignol Theatre is wedged in between taverns and shops in Soho. It has a bar, a stage, common seating before the stage, and balcony seating around the periphery of the auditorium for the wealthier guests. Below the stage network of passages and an elaborate series of lifts, trap doors, counterweights and pulleys provide special effects for the performances.
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (French pronunciation: [ɡʁɑ̃ ɡiɲɔl )
("The Theatre of the Big Puppet") - Known as the Grand Guignol was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris (at bis rue Chaptal). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it specialised in horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral, horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil) to today's splatter films.
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