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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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Woolwich

In many ways, Punchdrunk’s latest show ‘The Burnt City’ is a lot like Punchdrunk’s old shows: you put on a spooky mask; you wander through a dark, cavernous, hyper-detailed world full of eerie hidden rooms; you follow sexy dancer-slash-actors around as they enact the show’s diffuse plot; you spend an improbable amount of time trying to find a huge but almost impossible-to-locate bar…

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Chalk Farm

If you’re in the market to pay north of £50 to attend a ‘Peaky Blinders’-themed fancy dress party then you will doubtless enjoy ‘Peaky Blinders: The Rise’ and there’s no need for you to read the rest of this review…

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  • Theatre
  • 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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  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Westminster

Indie immersive theatre crew Swamp Motel return with a fresh adventure. In the hour-long show, audience members will observe the brainwaves of the comatose, interacting with a series of real and AI-powered characters as they explore the mysterious titular institute.

Alice’s Adventures Underground
  • Theatre
  • 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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