Immersive Thunderbirds show to get premiere in purpose-built London theatre

The Buzz

An immersive theatrical adaptation of the Thunderbirds television series is set to open in a new theatre purpose-built for interactive productions.

The Buzz is described as ‘a purpose-built fully flexible performance arts space for immersive and interactive theatrical events’, and will be located in Borough, just round the corner from Southwark Playhouse.

It will open in November with Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon, which is based on the original Thunderbirds series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The ITV show was set in the latter half of the 21st century, and followed the adventures of International Rescue, who used their land, sea, air and space crafts on rescue missions. The show was known for its iconic puppetry and opening title sequence. The production will be produced by Limelight Productions and ebp.

Richard Lewis of Limelight said: ““Three years ago, I began a journey with ITV which will culminate this autumn in the opportunity to experience the world of International Rescue. My ambition has always been to have our audience experience the visceral feeling of being rescued by a Thunderbird. It’s not an easy task, so much so that we have had to build our own venue in London to do so!”

Emma Brunjes and Ralph Brunjes of ebp, whose previous productions include Alice’s Adventures Underground and Dinner at the Twits, added: All our immersive productions have been technically and creatively complicated and encourage you to escape, but this one offers us the chance to push the boundaries even further. We are ‘beyond’ excited!”

Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon will run from 7th November to 27th January 2019, and The Buzz has announced it is currently programming its 2019 season.

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