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

In many ways, Punchdrunk’s new 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…

  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • 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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  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • 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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  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Tower Hill

This lavish new immersive show marks a major new attraction at the Tower of London, which seems to have spared no expense in crafting an experience that’s presumably intended to be with us for some time…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • 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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  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Southwark

This theatrical immersive gig experience essentially sees you journey through a series of rooms in One Night Records’ cavernous space near London Bridge, with each featuring a different band playing a different style of US music, from ’20s jazz to ’50s rock’n’roll. 

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  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Chalk Farm

In a year that will feature both final series of historical gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and an official dance-theatre prequel called ‘The Redemption of Thomas Shelby’, here comes another official tie-in…

Coming soon

  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Tower Hill

This lavish new immersive show marks a major new attraction at the Tower of London, which seems to have spared no expense in crafting an experience that’s presumably intended to be with us for some time…

  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Chalk Farm

Made by the team behind ‘Doctor Who: Time Fracture’, ‘Peaky Blinders: The Rise’ is a new immersive theatre show that’ll enable you to join forces with Thomas Shelby and gang as they aim to take over Camden Town.

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