Theatre programme for Vault Festival 2018 announced

Will Longman
Will Longman

The theatre programme has been announced for next year's Vault Festival which will run from 24th January to 18th March.  

Highlights include immersive theatre experience Neverland, which is devised by the team behind The Great Gatsby, which is currently running in a secret London location. Theatre Deli and The Guild of Misrule will produce an immersive musical production of JM Barrie's story of Peter Pan, and will feature live music, absinthe bars and food fights. It will run for the full eight weeks of Vault Festival.

Theatre company Caravan will also present an immersive hip hop production, and Lamplighters will present an immersive spy drama in the style of John le Carré, the British  author of novels like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Other theatre highlights include Revelations (James Rowland's show about donating sperm to his friends), Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy (which sees two Brits meet on either side of a radical divide), If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (a transfer from the Old Red Lion), as well as SPARKS by Jessica Butcher, Abi Zakarian's I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream and Conquest by Katie Jackson.

Circus and magic will be presented by the likes of Becoming Shades, Chivaree Circus, David Aula and Simon Evans and Mahdi the Magician.

2018's festival will also see over 52% of the shows either written or directed by women. These include Katie Bonna's Paper Scissors Stone, Imogen Butler-Cole's Foreighn Body, and The Strongbox by Stephanie Jacob.

A number of shows will also focus on BAME and LGBTQ issues. For a Black Girl is Nicole Acquah's response to the notion that racism doesn't exist in Britain, while Rob Ward's play Gypsy Queen is about two gay boxers who fall in love.

The festival will also be extending across London, with new satellite venues including Waterloo East Theatre and Network Theatre being utilised for some of the over 300 shows that will be seen throughout the two month festival.  

Vault Festival runs from 24th January to 18th March 2018. The full line-up can be viewed here.

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