phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
Top 5: Immersive Experiences in London in 2017
Image Credit: Jason Joyce

Top 5: Immersive Experiences in London in 2017

20 April 2017 Ryan Wilson

If going to the theatre for you still means sitting quietly in a darkened auditorium, it’s time to think again. Immersive theatre puts its audiences firmly in the middle of the action, allowing you to lose yourself in a different world. With elaborate and sprawling sets and characters who may well interact with you, you can expect to become part of the action. The great news is London is a world hub for this genre, so here’s some of productions we’re most excited about.

Alice’s Adventures Underground

In the Vaults underneath Waterloo Station there is a portal to another world. Wonderland, in fact. Audience members are taken on a tour of this alternative universe, meeting some of its inhabitants, attending the Mad Hatter’s tea party and joining the resistance against the Queen of Hearts. Your route through Wonderland is influenced by some choices you make in the course of the show, and the scale and beauty of the set is mind boggling. The company produce a separate children’s version but don’t make the mistake of thinking this show is just for kids; this is for anyone who could do with some escapism in their lives. It’s not the cheapest show, but you won’t regret a penny.

Alice’s Adventures Underground runs 15 April 2017 – 23 September 2017, at the Vaults, London, tickets from £54. Find out more here.


Photo credit: Jason Joyce


Montagues and Capulets - The Immersive Story

‘Fair Verona’ is a distant memory in this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, set in a nineties warehouse squat. Audience members become a Montague or a Capulet and find themselves immersed in the nineties rave scene, with their actions having a bearing on the story. Who knows what Will would make of it all, but we like to think he’d pull on some double denim and enjoy it with the rest of us. Nineties dress and comfortable footwear are recommended.

Montagues and Capulets – The Immersive Story runs until 27 April 2017 at The CoLab Factory, 74 Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU. Tickets are £19.50. Find out more here.


 
Adventures in Moominland

We all remember the slightly surreal hippo-esque Moomins of Moominvalley from our childhoods. Now kids of all ages can discover them afresh in this immersive show at the Southbank Centre. You’ll be strolling, scurrying and crawling through some beautiful sets, with hidden passages and the accompanying jazz score adding to the whimsical feel. They also offer British sign language interpreted shows, relaxed performances and adults only sessions.

Adventures in Moominland runs until 20 August 2017 at the Sountbank Centre, tickets are from £12. Find out more here.


Photo credit: Moomin characters

 
The Great Gatsby

It’s the roaring twenties, the height of the Jazz Age. Cocktails and glamour and conversation and flirtation abound. You’re at one of Gatsby’s parties. Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars, the host mixes with his guests, but goes mostly unnoticed and unacknowledged. This production received great reviews during its run at The Vault Festival, and the good news is it’s now transferred to a secret central London location. Expect Charleston lessons, hedonism and lots of nice frocks; themed dressing is encouraged.

The Great Gatsby runs 30 May 2017 – 30 July 2017 at a secret location in Central London. Tickets are £30.40. Find out more here.


 
Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga

If we’re honest, the promise of a life size edible gingerbread house sold us on this one. Audience members will be led through the grounds of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, following Hansel and Gretel in their quest to escape from the evil witch who lives, in said house, deep in the forest. Like all the best fairy tales, it’s a dark story, involving kidnap and cannibalism. It’s sure to engage kids, and grown ups seeking an adventure over the summer holidays.

Hansel & Gretel and The Witch Baba Yaga runs 3 August 2017 – 3 September 2017 at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Tickets are £18 with concessions available. Find out more here.

Tell us what you think

You may also like

Top 5: Star Gazing in the West End

Top 5: Star Gazing in the West End

One of the really exciting things about living in London (well in our theatre crazy minds anyway) is that some seriously big names of film…

“Such stuff as dreams are made off”

“Such stuff as dreams are made off”

The Tempest is probably Shakespeare’s most magical play and the lush fragrant garden of St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, ‘the actors’ church’, couldn’t be a more magical…

Great is the hope that makes men cross borders

Great is the hope that makes men cross borders

Theatre can be a great source of entertainment or escapism – but viewing it merely as a tool for these purposes would be to sorely underestimate…

The way he makes us feel - Michael Jackson: On the Wall

The way he makes us feel - Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Some of the most fun exhibitions tend to happen at the intersection of art and pop culture. Somehow, by looking at the popular with the…

As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Squares

As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Squares

If you read our article about The Tempest in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, you’ll know how much we love a bit of the Bard alfresco…

An Interview with Tony Lee Moral, expert on all things Hitchcock

An Interview with Tony Lee Moral, expert on all things Hitchcock

In celebration of ‘Vertigo’, which was released 60 years ago and recently been named as the greatest film of all time - according to Sight &…

Win a Joan Crawford themed evening with cocktails, manicures & millinery!

BFI - Win a Joan Crawford themed evening with cocktails, manicures & millinery!

A night of film, fashion, cocktails & beauty for you and a friend!

People Powered Poetry

People Powered Poetry

Tech and poetry come together for two nights of live improvised performances.

West Side Story at Bishopsgate Institute

West Side Story at Bishopsgate Institute

As Toby Hine, Director of Bishopsgate Institute’s latest amateur production of West Side Story, states in the programme “putting on West Side Story is not a…

This week: 16 – 22 July

This week: 16 – 22 July

The World Cup is over, it didn’t come home, which is sad – but look on the bright side! So many evenings are freed up again…

Most popular

Win 2 Tickets to an Immersive Disney Fantasia Experience!

The Vaults - Win 2 Tickets to an Immersive Disney Fantasia Experience!

This summer, the exciting underground world of The Vaults presents Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia.
Win a £100 Gift Voucher for the National Theatre!

National Theatre - Win a £100 Gift Voucher for the National Theatre!

Be in with a chance of winning our exclusive National Theatre voucher, which you can exchange for tickets or theatre tours!
Win a Joan Crawford themed evening with cocktails, manicures & millinery!

BFI - Win a Joan Crawford themed evening with cocktails, manicures & millinery!

"I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want the girl next door, go next door"
Exclusive discount on Titanic The Musical and Evita tickets

Churchill Theatre - Exclusive discount on Titanic The Musical and Evita tickets

Make the most of the Summer with these two unmissable London musicals! With exclusive London dates for both productions
10% off entry to London’s first ever immersive Wild West cocktail bar!

Moonshine Saloon - 10% off entry to London’s first ever immersive Wild West cocktail bar!

Saddle on over to the Wild West of London on the promise of making a fortune in the seedy and illicit world of moonshining. 
Magically speaking…

Magically speaking…

We talked to designer Kitty Callister ahead of the Vaults exciting new immersive “Disney Fantasia” experience.
The Best of Food in July

The Best of Food in July

Where will we be eating this month?
Win a DVD copy!

A Wrinkle in Time - Win a DVD copy!

Dive into Ava DuVernay's magical world of time and space travel...
Spotlight on: Gay’s the Word

Spotlight on: Gay’s the Word

In honour of Pride today we are giving center stage to the UK's only remaining LGBTQ+ bookshop.
Top 5 World Cup Screenings in London

Top 5 World Cup Screenings in London

Football fever is catching on…

Your inbox deserves a little culture!!