Know Theatre Stages New 'Krampus Claus' Radio Play — Where St. Nicholas is the Bad Guy

The new "Krampus Claus" asks what would happen if St. Nicholas was the one who started gorging on naughty children and Krampus was, instead, the hero?

Nikolaus and Krampus in Austria in the early 20th century - Photo: Public Domain
Photo: Public Domain
Nikolaus and Krampus in Austria in the early 20th century


Know Theatre is bringing a special holiday performance straight to your radio.

The new Krampus Claus is an "audio drama about famous figures from holiday folklore," ranging from Germanic and Celtic to Icelandic and Slavic traditions. 

Written by Fringe Fest favorite Sean P. Mette, the full-cast radio play is described as such:

"Many years ago, Krampus, the legendary Christmas demon, faced down and defeated the greatest evil he’s ever known: St. Nicholas, who had begun gorging himself on naughty children. Krampus and his wife, the probably-mostly-reformed Christmas witch Frau Perchta, were left to handle the delivery of toys to Christmas-celebrating children the world over. But now, an ill wind is blowing, the chains that bind Nicholas are weakening, and a final reckoning must come between Krampus and the forces of darkness."

You can download the show for $5 at knowtheatre.com/radioknow.


Radio Know is an arm of the theater created in response to the COVID shutdowns. Each month, they releases a new radio play featuring local talent, available for download alone or via a Radio Know Listeners' Club subscription.

Learn more at knowtheatre.com.

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