The King in Yellow at the Cheltenham Literature Festival


Moth Sanctuary Productions presents the world’s first performance of the forbidden play, The King in Yellow, referenced in the infamous collection of short stories by Robert W. Chambers – and rumor has it that anyone who reads it would go nuts.

Presented as part of the Lit Crawl at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 8th October 2022, the award-winning Cheltenham-based theater company invites revelers to remove ‘the mask of self-deception’ and discover what the powers that be do don’t want you to know.

Since launching the Lit Crawl in 2016, Moth Sanctuary Productions has offered immersive live theater at the event every year – leading literature buffs through a graveyard for a performance of Edgar Allen Poe’s iconic The crow; telling the story of John Milton lost paradise through movement and music; featuring an atmospheric tale of swapped sex from Mary Shelley Frankenstein; and inviting the public to enjoy a “feast of words” with a dramatized reading by Angela Carter The company of wolves.​

Moth Sanctuary Productions has been handpicked by the Cheltenham Literature Festival to represent the event on the world stage during the virtual LitQuake Lit Crawl Global in 2020, with their chilling performance Deep in the earth, exploring themes of death, grief and isolation in the work of Edgar Allen Poe.

Then in 2021, his first totally original work, Dr. Sandy’s Story Gallery, thrilled the public at the old courthouse.

With The king in yellow said to drive its readers crazy, this must-see performance promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s Lit Crawl – if the cast pulls through unscathed.

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