The Vaults, a London arts and theatre venue, is collaborating with Scholastic on a new show based on R L Stine’s bestselling Goosebumps series.
The interactive show will lead audiences through The Vaults’ abandoned railway tunnels in Waterloo to experience scenes based on some of Stine’s most iconic books, including Stay Out Of The Basement, One Day In Horrorland, Night Of The Living Dummy and Say Cheese, And Die!.
The Goosebumps show, aimed at adult audiences, is the first stage adaptation of the books and will run 6th April – 4th September next year. The writer and director is Tom Salamon and the designer is Samuel Wyer. Cult 1990s band The Tiger Lillies is writing the score.
Kieron Vanstone, director at The Vaults, said: “I’ve wanted to take Goosebumps to the stage for years but had to make sure I could do justice to R.L. Stine’s trademark combination of horror and humour. Immersive events have become the lifeblood of London culture, from Punchdrunk to Secret Cinema, and Goosebumps is perfectly suited to the genre – these stories were made to be experienced up close, with every shiver, sound and unsettling sight.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Goosebumps – who could forget Night of the Living Dummy? – and am thrilled to be bringing these shows to London next year, along with some of the best creative talent around.”
A children’s version of the production, entitled Goosebumps Kids, will open in May and take place every weekend until September.
The first Goosebumps book was Welcome to Dead House, published in 1992, and the series went on to become one of the bestselling of all time, with sales exceeding 400 million in 32 languages.
Scholastic UK reissued 21 of the books in 2014.