Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

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Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight was a low-budget comedy horror stage show written by Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade, and starring Holness, Ayoade and Alice Lowe. The show, which spoofed Stephen King, was performed at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was nominated for the Perrier Award.[1][2]

The show was built around Holness's spoof horror writer character Garth Marenghi, with additional parts played by Ayoade (as Marenghi's publisher Dean Learner) and Lowe; the show led to Holness and Ayoade being signed by Avalon Entertainment Limited.[1]

The sequel to Fright Knight, Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, won the Perrier Award in 2001.

Critical reception[edit]

Lyn Gardner of The Guardian described it as "a very slick and very funny spoof".[2] described it as "a splendidly over-the-top spoof gorefest, getting plenty of laughs from hammy overacting, ridiculous plots and laboriously melodramatic lines".[3]


  1. ^ a b Gibbons, Fiachra (2000) "Perrier snub for prime contender", The Guardian, 24 August 2000, retrieved 2010-03-28
  2. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (2000) "Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight", The Guardian, 24 August 2000, retrieved 2010-03-28
  3. ^ "Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight",, retrieved 2010-03-28

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