Non-traditional shows to see in London

See non-traditional shows in London that aren't musicals, plays, or concerts. Take a look at different West End shows and book your tickets now.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The West End is bursting at the seams with theatres of all shapes and sizes. West End theatres house the latest musicals, award-winning plays, and Broadway transfers, allowing audiences to experience a variety of theatre shows. But if you take a few steps away from the bright lights of London's West End, there's plenty of immersive, non-traditional shows in London that are well worth a visit too.

Immersive shows are an all-encompassing type of theatre experience. Immersive theatre productions typically take place in multiple rooms, and audiences can walk through different spaces to be a part of the production's world. If you've wished you could step back in time, then there are historical immersive shows that are designed to explore past eras. Or, if you're a fan of the circus, then Cirque du Soleil shows combine all the thrills and spills of a circus show while sitting in a theatre space.

Non-traditional shows also use alternative venues too, such as restaurants, casinos, and club spaces. So if you want to see a theatre show that deviates from the norm, shake up your theatregoing with these non-traditional shows in London. Here are the some best non-traditional theatre nights out in London.

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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City

Head to ancient Greece via London's newest immersive theatre at Punchdrunk's The Burnt City. The three-hour experience allows audiences to delve into a time-old world. Walking through downtown Troy is no longer a thing of the past, it's happening right now. Discover more about Punchdrunk shows in London and beyond.

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Mamma Mia! The Party

Step into an immersive ABBA-themed world at Mamma Mia! The Party and imagine you're in the Mamma Mia! films. The Mamma Mia! The Party experience is set in a Greek taverna. During the evening, you'll meet restaurant owners Nikos and Kate as they share their family lives through ABBA songs. Be a "super trouper" or rediscover your inner "dancing queen" at this show. We guarantee you'll be up on your feet dancing! Mamma Mia! The Party is at the O2.

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Magic Mike Live!

Let your inhibitions loose and go wild at Magic Mike Live!, the steamy, scintillating immersive dance experience based on the Magic Mike movies. During the show, you'll meet Mike, a seemingly innocent bartender who dreams of a new life. It's pretty clear that Mike is gifted in the dance department too — no spoilers here — so get ready to see it all. Wherever you choose to sit in the London Hippodrome casino venue, you'll definitely get an eyeful. Dancers perform all around the space, thrusting in the aisles, and even bringing up (lucky) participants to join in the fun on stage.

Magic Mike Live! has definitely transformed London's Hippodrome Casino into an unexpected dance paradise. Sadly, original Magic Mike star Channing Tatum doesn't make an appearance, but you won't be able to take your eyes off the athletic company in the hottest dance show in London. There's bottomless prosecco too, and we'll cheer to that!

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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Only 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers were recorded, however the 1970s British show's enduring popularity that's kept it as one of the most recognisable British comedies of all time. The farcical television show follows hotel owner Basil Fawlty try to keep everything afloat in his hotel, even when he's challenged by colleagues, guests, and his wife, Sybil. Visiting Fawlty Towers may not be high up on your holidaymaking list, but a trip to the Fawlty Towers restaurant is now in the cards in Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience.

During the show, audiences dine on a three-course menu of 1970s-inspired dishes (quiche lorraine and cheese and pineapple sticks, anyone?) with a side dish of improvisational theatre. Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience relies on oven-fresh British humour, and you'll be laughing throughout your meal.

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Photo credit: Dr. Who Time Fracture, Magic Mike Live!, and The Great Gatsby

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