There's no better way to experience theatre like becoming a part of the show. While traditional plays and musicals are a great way to appreciate a production, immersive theatre offers a whole new perspective on a show. We've assembled a list of the top immersive theatre experiences in London, which come in all shapes and sizes. From dining experiences to technological marvels, to raucous parties, you'll find something different for you and your theatregoing friends.
Now in its third year running in London, The Great Gatsby is a truly immersive experience of the bohemian lifestyle of one Jay Gatsby, the lead character of F Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age novel. Step into the heart of the roaring 20s, where the bootleg booze is flowing, and the dancing is just getting started. You’ll take a tour of Gatsby’s Drugstore, learn to dance the Charleston with your fellow partygoers and sip cocktails at the party of the century.
From the creators of The Great Gatsby comes an immersive adaptation of larger-than-life American stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street. Belfort wrote the memoir after his heyday (and once he’d served his time in federal prison), which contains stories of overindulgence, drug-fuelled binges, and the ins and outs of how he exploited a penny-stock scam to make his millions. The book was later made into a film by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and now, you will be able to experience Belfort levels of exuberance as the party opens in London. A building in Liverpool Street will be taken over, with the production occupying 25 rooms over four floors to recreate the 1990s New York Belfort lived in.
Jeff Wayne’s epic War of the Worlds production is retold virtually in a multi-sensory experience across a 22,000 ft2, multi-story site in central London, which has been completely transformed for the Martian adventure. Using leading technology, including both augmented and virtual reality, the 90-minute experience imagines H.G. Wells’ 1898 story of conflict between humans and an extra-terrestrial race.
You love the music, the musical, the film(s), but now you can step into a traditional Greek taverna on the exotic island of Skopelos and let the story unravel around you. Fuelled by the famous ABBA numbers (and three courses of traditional Mediterranean food and drink), partygoers will be enthralled by the story taking place around them, with the chance to dance the night away to their favourite hits from the band. It’s currently a huge success in the band’s native Sweden, where it’s currently in its fourth sold-out year. For the English-language production, Calle Norlén, Roine Söderlundh and Björn Ulvaeus’ story has been adapted with Sandi Toksvig.
From Greek islands to market stalls of Peckham, join Del Boy and Rodney in the Nags Head for a night full of wheeling and dealing and a right good knees-up. Served up with some classic pub grub, you’ll meet all your favourite characters from the classic TV series in a unique and lovely jubbly environment. Whoever came up with this idea must be a millionaire by now…
Channing Tatum himself is the mastermind behind this live show. Taking the sexy silver screen sensation and bringing it to life on stage at the Hippodrome Casino via Las Vegas, as you enter Magic Mike’s mythical Club Domina for a 360-degree spectacular unfolding before your very eyes. Full to the brim of sexy dance routines, daring dances and amazing acrobatics, you’ll be up close and personal with this irresistible show at the Hippodrome.