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Immersive theatre in London

Step into immersive theatre worlds with our guide to the best and most boldly interactive London shows

Andrzej Lukowski
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Andrzej Lukowski
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Whether you call it immersive, interactive or site-specific, London is bursting with plays and experiences which welcome you into a real-life adventure that you can wander around and play the hero in.

From big ‘serious’ plays by legendary companies like Punchdrunk to deliciously frivolous dinner-theatre shows and plenty of points in between, the content and execution of each of these shows may very wildly – but each is guaranteed to let you step into a whole new world.

The best new London theatre shows to book for right now.

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  • Spitalfields

This ‘Murder on the Orient Express’-homaging immersive dinner show casts you as train passengers in the glamorous golden age of rail, with a mystery to be solved. Menus comes from two Michelin Star-holding chef Niall Keating.

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  • King’s Cross

A labour of love for one Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks), ‘The Moonwalkers’ aka ‘The Moonwalkers: A Journey with Tom Hanks’ is the second show to go into Kings Cross’s curious projection-based space The Lightroom…

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  • Immersive
  • Canada Water

This ‘fully immersive Western town open-world adventure’ basically sets you free to roam around a 30,000 square foot steampunk-influenced Wild West town, interact with its inhabitants, get involved in its mysteries and sample the food and drink at its various watering holes.

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  • Charing Cross Road

As best we can tell, ‘Priscilla the Party!’ is to ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ what ‘Mamma Mia the Party’ is to ‘Mamma Mia!’ – it’s a dinner show that riffs on a very camp pre-existing property, taking what was already a girls/gays night out property and amps it up to the max.

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  • Immersive
  • Elephant & Castle

“Mission Command’ put you and a group of pals on the bridge of a spaceship tasked with saving humanity. Work together and tackle various missions – and if you come back for more you’ll be able to continue the same story rather than simply repeat.

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  • Immersive
  • Waterloo

‘We’re all mad here,’ says a grinning purple Cheshire Cat. He’s not wrong. I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and it is absolutely bonkers. Well, technically I’m in the Vaults in Waterloo, but it feels like another world.

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