Immersive theatre in London

Step into immersive and interactive theatre worlds with these bold London experiences
Immersive theatre, London
By Time Out Theatre team |
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Immersive theatre, interactive theatre, site-specific theatre; London is bursting with plays and shows in which you can step into a real life adventure. Walk through fantasy landscapes; eat and drink with actors; solve puzzles, get chased by the bad guys; help commit a crime – you can do all these things and more in the flesh, legally, in London. 

Theatre, Interactive

Counting Sheep

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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This immersive protest/party puts audience members right in the middle of the 2014 Kiev Uprising. It's based on Mark and Marichka Marczyk's real experiences at a pivotal time for Ukraine, and is full of folk singing, documentary footage, and chances to get involved. Belarus Free Theatre has reworked its 2016 Edinburgh fringe hit as the headliner for the 2019 edition of Vault Festival, including three tiered levels of tickets, letting you choose whether you want to have dinner in the heart of the action, or watch from the gallery. 

'Dracula' will play The London Library
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Theatre, Drama

Dracula

icon-location-pin The London Library, St James'
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Bram Stoker lurked in the shadows of the London Library while he was researching 'Dracula', so it's fitting that his terrifying vampire story is being performed amongst its shelves this winter. Oxford-based Creation Theatre's version of the story uses only two actors and audio-visual tech to bring the tale to life. 

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Draw Me Close

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark
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Live performance, virtual reality and animation blur in 'Draw Me Close', a new immersive show by Canadian artist and writer Jordan Tannahill. It's the story of a woman and her son adjusting to her terminal cancer diagnosis, told using a mix of intimate storytelling and technology. 

Theatre, Interactive

Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon

icon-location-pin The Buzz – CLOSED (?), Elephant and Castle
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Much-loved retro kids' telly stalwarts 'Thunderbirds' have inspired this ambitious immersive sci-fi adventure, which will open new Elephant & Castle venue The Buzz. It brings the '60s series into the present day, with a plot that centres on a cyber attack on Brains' Lab by arch-villain The Hood. Tracy Island will come to life in glorious lifesize 3D (presumably with human actors instead of full-size jointed puppets) in an interactive show that'll welcome both adults and kids. 

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