Clandestine entertainment has never been bigger in London, and now the theatre world is getting in on the act. Secret Theatre, which runs from now until Christmas, sees a group of ten actors tackle six very different shows, the identity of which remains a secret right until curtain-up.
Worried about spending £15 on a dud? Don't be. We went along to rehearsals and spoke to the cast involved in 'Show 1', and, as you'll see in the video above, it's very exciting stuff indeed.
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