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Punchdrunk, The Burnt City, 2022
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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 theatre, interactive theatre or site-specific theatre, London is usually bursting with plays and experiences which welcome you into a real-life adventure. Their numbers are somewhat diminished at the moment, but as such shows typically allow for social distancing, there are several surprisingly big shows available to see right now.

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  • Mayfair

This immersive adventure in the company of everyone's favourite Time Lord was first announced in a simpler era. But as you’d imagine with The Doctor, Tom Maller’s fully BBC licensed production has been made future proof, ie it’ll open in socially distanced form, though fingers crossed that can be dropped as of June 21.

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  • Mayfair

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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  • Haggerston

This almost impossibly high-concept immersive theatre show from Factory 42 and the Almeida is hard to entirely get a grasp on without actually seeing it, but the short version is that it’s a digitally-enhanced drama, which sees audience groups of six attempting to crack a mystery on the dark web…

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  • Interactive
  • Greenwich Peninsula

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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  • Woolwich

Eight years after ‘The Drowned Man’, the mighty Punchdrunk – hands down the best immersive theatre company in the world – finally return with this immense new show…

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