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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

By Time Out Theatre team |
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'The Great Gatsby' at Gatsby's Drugstore
'The Great Gatsby' at Gatsby's Drugstore

Whether you call it immersive theatre, interactive theatre or site-specific theatre, London is bursting with plays and experiences which welcome you into a real life adventure. Pioneered by acclaimed companies such as Punchdrunk, this is theatre that does away with proscenium arches and plushy seats, but beyond that it can take any form, from intimate one-on-one experiences to dazzling virtual reality extravaganzas.

We've dug up some of the best immersive shows in hidden locations across the city. Whether you're after a '20s jazz adventure, a zombie-chasing night of terror, a dinner with a twist, or a mind-blowing night of experimental game theatre, London's got you covered. 

Theatre, Interactive

Mamma Mia! The Party

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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For the price of a ticket to ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’, an immersive Abba-themed dinner experience set in a ropey taverna on an idyllic Greek island, you could fly out to an actual idyllic Greek island and probably find a ropey taverna playing Abba songs…

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Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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This dinner theatre show serves up a menu of tempting delights, plus a drag version of pantomime fave 'Aladdin'. Drag performer ShayShay has created a lip-synching, filthy-joke-filled spin on Aladdin's bid to win over Princess Jasmine. Attendees are invited to come in fancy dress (but not the culturally appropriative kind) for a night of glitzy, inclusive panto fun. 

Theatre, Interactive

Variant 31

icon-location-pin Space 18, Holborn
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Sort of midway between the more terrifying end of immersive theatre and one of London’s ubiquitous escape games, ‘Variant 31’ is billed as ‘Europe’s largest immersive survival experience’…

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The Wolf of Wall Street

icon-location-pin Immersive Wolf of Wall Street, City of London
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Well you have to admire the chutzpah: the creators of long-running immersive London hit ‘The Great Gatsby’ have followed up with an interactive adptation of Jordan Belfort’s hit memoir ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’…

'Red Palace', an immersive dining theatre show at The Vaults
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Theatre, Interactive

Red Palace

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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Step into a gothic fairytale with this decadent immersive show from Shotgun Carousel, the makers of 'Divine Proportions'. Grimm heroines Snow White, Red Riding Hood and Beauty (of 'and the Beast' fame) will be in appearance, alongside glamorous turns from dancers, singers, and circus artists. Staggered ticket prices mean that you can eat a full three-course feast (£45-£70) or just watch the cabaret show and soak up the atmosphere (£10-£25).

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'Crisis? What Crisis?' at the CoLab Factory
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Theatre, Interactive

Crisis? What Crisis?

icon-location-pin CoLab Factory, Borough and London Bridge
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This immersive show plunges you into the heart of a government in deadlock; a nice change, then. Created by the team behind 'For King and Country', it asks audience members to engage in some hands on political nerdery, and work out what Callaghan's 1979 government should do in the face of mass strikes and no parliamentary majority.

'A Christmas Carol' at Scrooge's Parlour, Shoreditch
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Theatre, Comedy

A Christmas Carol - An Immersive Dining Experience

icon-location-pin Scrooge's Parlour, Mayfair
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Sit down to dinner with one of literature's most notoriously stingy hosts at this immersive show. It'll retell the story of Dickens's miserly character Scrooge, over a less-than-miserly two-course meal prepared by the foodie adventurers behind Gingerline. The performance is interspersed with parlour games and interactive flourishes designed to put a fresh spin on the traditional tale. 'A Christmas Carol' will unfold in a specially-designed pop-up parlour. It's the handiwork of Flanagan Collective and Hartshorn-Hook Productions, who'll be teaming up for their ninth year of festive fun. 

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The Great Gatsby
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Theatre, Off-West End

The Great Gatsby

icon-location-pin Gatsby's Mansion, Mayfair
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From relatively humble beginnings at the 2017 Vaults Festival, The Guild of Misrule’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novella has become the longest-running immersive theatre show in London…

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Cinderella

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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This immersive show mixes panto fun with a proper Christmas night in the pub, complete with the chance to treat yourself to a freshly poured pint. Back for 2019 with a run at The Vaults, it's an anarchic, updated take on the story of 'Cinderella' that's told using songs by a live band. 

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