It’s been too long since London got to experience the underground delights of Vault Festival: after being shut down in full flow in March 2020, it was unable to open in 2021, and its 2022 edition was the highest-profile London casualty of the omicron surge, cancelled a few weeks before it was due to happen.
Fingers crossed it’ll get over the line this time, as what a festival entirely staged in small subterranean rooms lacks in social distancing, it makes up for in sheer volume of exciting work.
Over eight weeks, Vault 2023 will stage over 500 theatre and comedy shows, from experimental plays about upskirting in South Korea and the exploitation of blindness by the entertainment industry, to work-in-progress pieces from big-name standups like Luisa Omielan and Jordan Brookes. There’s even a one-day wrestling festival within the festival, because why not?
Check out our regularly updated top five shows to see at Vault this month.
For full listings, head to Vault’s official website.