The Grotto

13 - 30 Dec 2022
Drayton Arms Theatre
An extremely silly and laugh-out-loud Christmas show.
Everything Theatre

“Merry Christmas… you pr*cks!”

Leyla & Pete work in a Santa’s Grotto.
Leyla & Pete have lost their Christmas spirit.
Leyla & Pete, if we’re honest, didn’t really have any to begin with. 

Shackled together only a few months after their relationship came to an end, they are paid a visit by an impish & irreverent Christmas angel, bestowed upon them to help rediscover their lost Christmas spirit…or so he says!! 

Together, Leyla and Pete must face a series of ghastly, gruesome and inconveniently Christmassy challenges as they desperately attempt to save their wretched souls. The world premiere of this lightning paced, laugh-a- minute Christmas comedy-horror is sure to be the most unique Christmas show in town! 

The world premiere of THE GROTTO by Toby Hampton plays at the gorgeous Drayton Arms Theatre, West London this festive season from 13 to 30 December. Directed by award-winning Matthew Parker and featuring the award-winning Laurel Marks & Toby Hampton, we disrespectfully invite you to abandon your tradition and revel in the gore of this dark & delicious comedy treat. 


  • Pete: Toby Hampton
  • Leyla: Laurel Marks
  • Angel: Bryan Pilkington


  • Writer & Producer: Toby Hampton
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Production Manager: Gianluca Zona
  • Stage Manager: Summer Keeling
  • Sound Designer: Simon Arrowsmith
  • Lighting Designer: Laurel Marks & Gianluca Zona

A deft and very funny mixture of perverse humour and mild horror, the show feels rather like an extended Christmas episode of TV’s Inside Number 9... 

Anticipate blood, gore, and three impeccably pitched comic performances.

The Reviews Hub

The sound and lighting effects are slick and impressive… This bold and brash production has a lot going for it.

London Theatre1

Christmas is often described as a challenge but Toby Hampton has elevated it to a whole new reality... Director Matthew Parker is his brilliantly inventive self


The Review Chap

It’s a bit of a bonkers show with appeal to fans of comedy horror gore, all well put together by Matthew Parker. 

Theatre Design Reviews