Immersive theatre in London

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

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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.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Les Enfants Terrible jump on the current trend, and thirst, for immersive theatre experiences with this brand new version of Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. This is an epic retelling which takes place in the spooky vaults underneath Waterloo Station. There are over 20 rooms to explore, as well as a huge tea table and original music. Puppets, storytelling, circus and spectacle make up the show, which follows Alice and her buddies - the Cheshire Cat, the caterpillar and the Red Queen - around the weird world. After the show, there are three bars to hang out in and one where you can buy food.

  1. The Vaults 10 Leake St, SE1 7NN
  2. Thu Apr 9 - Sun May 31
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Grimm Tales

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The scariest thing about these six short adaptations of the Brothers Grimm’s more off-piste fairytales is the price tag: £45 is a hell of a lot to fork out for what is, essentially, a fairly stripped-back evening of high class but no frills storytelling.

  1. Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, SE1 9PH
  2. Wed Jan 28 - Sat Apr 11
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Mountaineering

Pioneering theatre company non zero one stage their biggest show to date - a piece for 93 others which looks at the choices that change our path in life. The innovative and often immersive non zero one have made interactive, audience-led shows for small groups since 2009, including their 'You'll See (Me Sailing in Antarctica)' which took place on the roof of the National Theatre where audience and performers shared stories about their past and present. 'Mountaineering' is their first work in a theatre auditorium and asks the audience to reflect on the choices that have brought them to the theatre that night.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Tue Feb 3 - Sun Feb 15
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You Me Bum Bum Train

The latest incarnation of the madcap rollercoaster experience that is You Me Bum Bum Train pulls up in London at a hitherto undisclosed location in 2015.

  1. Venue tbc
  2. Mon Mar 2 - Sat May 30
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