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Dante's In Furlough, The Vaults, 2020
Photo by The Vaults

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 usually bursting with plays and experiences which welcome you into a real life adventure. And while theatre has of course taken a knock in 2020, immersive shows are some of the first to come back, able to control their audiences in small, safe bubbles that met social distancing guidelines. While much of Theatreland remains shut, you can yourself with confidence.

C-o-n-t-a-c-t, 2020
Photo by Pamela Raith


Theatre Outdoor theatres Monument, City of London

A charming headphones adventure in some of London’s most scenic spots.

The Great Gatsby
Photograph: Helen Maybanks

The Great Gatsby

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Off-West End Gatsby's Mansion, Mayfair

'The Great Gatsby' will reopen in a new, socially-distanced version that will start performances October 1, with a press night October 22.


Dante's In Furlough, The Vaults, 2020
Photo by The Vaults

Dante’s In Furlough

Theatre Interactive The Vaults, Waterloo

Is it a terrible name? Is it a brilliant name? Is an immersive theatre show based on Dante’s ‘Inferno’, the Shel Silverstein’s epic 1977 poem ‘Billy Markham and the Devil’, and our present, ah, ‘situation’ exactly what we need right now or just too many things to even really contemplate? 

Doctor Who: Time Fracture, Immersive London, 2020
Photo by Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Theatre Interactive Immersive | LDN, Mayfair

This official, fully socially distanced immersive theatre tie-in to your favourite Time Lord is an adventure through time and space that starts in London at the heart of the Blitz.

Flicker, Colab Tavern, 2020
Photo by Colab


Theatre Interactive Colab Tavern, Borough and London Bridge

‘Flicker’, from Colab Theatre, is an immersive horror for small socially-distanced audiences. Inevitably we don’t know a huge amount about it, but it concerns a haunting in south London, and the efforts of one Reverend Parks to banish it.


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