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Immersive theatre in London

Get involved in ways you never thought possible at these immersive theatre productions

Immersive theatre, interactive theatre, site-specific theatre; call it whatever the hell you like, but London is bursting with plays and performances that defy stuffy conventions to offer you an experience that’s more like a real life adventure than an evening at the theatre. Walk through fantasy landscapes; eat and drink with actors; get chased by the bad guys; help commit a crime – screw virtual reality, you can do all these things and more in the flesh, in London town. Here’s our round up of London theatre’s wild side.

Dinner at the Twits

If there’s three words guaranteed to make a theatre hack break out in a cold sweat – second to ‘cash bar only’ – it’s ‘theatrical dining experience’…

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday October 30 2016

Neverland

Immersive theatre has thus far been limited to fat-walleted grown-ups, but this new show for toddlers lets parents and children go on a theatre journey together. Tom Penn's performance is inspired by the dizzying world of Neverland in 'Peter Pan', and creates space to imagine and play together. Each ticket admits one adult, and one child aged one to three. 

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Friday October 7 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016

The Machine

This interactive performance from Collectif And Then invites the audience to become a part of a surreal machine, where your every movement sets complex mechanisms at play. Created by Francesca Hyde and Lucie N'Duhirahe in collaboration with the Serbian collective Karkatag, this piece is a look at the meeting point between bodies and machinery, performed by three acrobats.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Saturday October 8 2016

Remote London

'Remote London' is not your average theatre production. There are no actors, for a start. And you’re told nothing about the plot, or even where the show will take place…

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St George's Gardens , Holborn Saturday October 1 2016 - Thursday October 20 2016

Dinner at the Twits

Roald Dahl was a master of creating fantastically grotesque, squirm-inducingly foul stories. And 'The Twits' has a solid claim to being the nastiest of all - the book's monstrous couple dine out on bird pie, beard pickings and worm spaghetti…

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday October 30 2016

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