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.
Explore a secret warehouse in Borough that's been turned into an immersive criminal underground. An audience of 50 are split into five teams and assigned a series of high stakes missions, including rescuing a kidnapped cop and playing Russian Roulette with 'The Don'. Sounds dangerous - and as audience members interact with each other in real-life scenarios, failure is definitely an option.Read more
This interactive digital performance equips the audience with headphones for an adventure through the streets surrounding Theatre503. Young playwright Tamara Micner's script introduces you to some of the characters who live in the area, in a peek inside their innermost thoughts and into the hidden sides of Wandsworth life.Read more
Ever been lost in a book? This imaginative performance will set kids on the trail of a very unusual librarian, and an even more unusual book. Audio guides will lead them through an interactive adventure that's all about the magic of stories. Discover Children's Story Centre are taking this magical experience on a trip round East London libraries and schools. Ages four-plus.Read more
Interactive games designers Coney have built a sit-down piece of interactive theatre that gets its audience to reimagine a city of the future. A series of decisions lead you through the game. But freedom and choice aren't that straightforward in a game that reflects on the politics of living in post-Uber online world.Read more
A long-time cult hit in the States, 'The Donkey Show' is an, er, immersive disco take on William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is receiving a short London revival at Proud Camden as part of the on going Shakespeare400 celebrations. The brainchild of Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, it's basically the 'Dream' distilled down to sexy dancing, impressive circus feats, and lots and lots of disco bangers – think 'I Will Survive', 'You Sexy Thing', etc etc. Across the pond it's got a bit of a reputation as a magnet for hen and stag dos, but certainly it sounds like its time may have come again in this era of immersive theatre.Read more