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'The Great Gatsby' at Gatsby's Drugstore
'The Great Gatsby' at Gatsby's Drugstore

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

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. 

Mamma Mia! The Party

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Interactive The O2, 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…

Alice in Wonderland. The Royal Ballet. Zenaida Yanowsky © ROH, Johan Persson, 2011

Alice in Wonderland

Museums V&A, South Kensington

Travel down the rabbit hole with this immersive, theatrical exhibition of anything and everything 'Alice in Wonderland'-related…


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