Top London Theatre in New Venues Autumn/Winter 2016
This autumn/winter London theatre continues to offer a string of original options for those who are looking for a less than conventional performance space in the capital city. Whilst traditional venues continue to thrive in the West End, the growth of pop-up and temporary venues offers theatre goers a new dimension in performance, breaking down the fourth wall and allowing both audiences and performers to experience live theatre in a brand new way.
As some productions are perfectly suited to the more recognisable surroundings of what we traditionally think of as theatre, this autumn and winter season has seen an increase in unique performance venues that are housing creative productions that aim to appeal to a wider audience base.
If you've had enough of velvet seats, a tussle for leg room and a line for the bathroom but still want to enjoy some of London's most exciting productions, then this round up is for you. We've drawn together some of the hottest new productions from across London that are taking place in less than conventional performance spaces.
La Soiree - The Spiegeltent Leicester Square
One of the most exciting events of the coming season is the London return of La Soiree, the hit cabaret which is back for another awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping and unmissable Christmas run. For Winter 2016 the production will take place in a specially created venue named The Spiegeltent Leicester Square. In the heart of the West End, this immersive new venue will allow audiences to get up and close to the action with a wide range of seating choices available that each provide new experiences.
Ringside seats act like circus seats arranged around the circular stage, allowing audiences to experience each act in a thrilling new dimension. Boadwalk seats are more laid back and provide a more relaxed view of the action, whilst booth seating can be reserved for groups to really enjoy the production in style. There are even a limited number of Posh Seats available for an added special treat, with table service throughout the performance to add to the exciting atmosphere.
Confirmed acts for La Soiree include quirky juggler Olivia Porter, acrobat David Girard and his mesmerizing new ‘CirQle’ apparatus, hula-hooping marvel Satya Bella, mind-boggling trapeze artist Jarred Dewey, the comedy couple Daredevil Chickens, Ursula Martinez, The English Gents and Denis Lock’s show-stopping bubble act. Don't miss this highly original performance opportunity that's set to get your holiday season off to a flying start.
11 November - 8 January 2016.
Cinderella - Chiswick House
The classic fairytale story is a traditional tale for the Christmas period, and with many productions and pantomimes on offer around the country you may be forgiven for thinking that you've seen it all before. This Christmas a brand new version of Cinderella comes to a new venue in Chiswick House in west London, which places the story within a Big Top in the beautiful walled garden. This thrilling new version of the classic tale will combine an eclectic mix of first class performers to present the story in a thoroughly original new way. Audiences can expect dancing mice, an acrobatic lizard, ballerina snowflakes, a mind blowing illusionist and a live acoustic orchestra, all set within the beautiful environment of Chiswick House, a magnificent neo-Palladian villa with stunning gardens. The production is aimed at families and children aged 3 -16 years old, and makes a refreshing change to the usual pantomimes that the season can bring.
16 December - 31 December 2016
Fool For Love - Found111
If you've not yet experienced one of London's hippest performance venues then you have one final opportunity as Sam Shepard's drama Fool For Love is the final production at Found111. Situated on the site of the old Central St Martin's College by Tottenham Court Road, the venue has a hit track record of producing edgy productions with top level international talent. Reuniting Ripper Street star Adam Rothenberg with Lydia Wilson, the drama takes place in a run-down motel room where Eddie and May spit truth and lies at each other and fight for a love that they can’t live with, or without. Directed by Simon Evans, don't miss your final opportunity to experience the venue in its current form, and enjoy the thrills of a West End production in an exciting performance environment, complete with an exceptional bar.
Booking to 17 December 2016
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - Torquay Suite Theatre
Those looking for a truly immersive and original performance will be hard pressed to find anything more unique that the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Taking place at the Torquay Suite Theatre which is part of the Amba Hotel Charing Cross, guests are invited to become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant and they’re served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Pretty much anything can happen, especially when two-thirds of the show is improvised, so expect a great deal of madness and entertainment as the hit TV comedy comes to life in front of your eyes.
Guests are treated to a meal alongside the performance and the characters are fully immersed in the mayhem that follows. This would make a highly original Christmas gift or even a group outing for friends and colleagues looking for a completely different style of theatre. Just don't mention the war!
Booking to 30 April 2017
Lazarus - King's Cross Theatre
David Bowie and Enda Walsh's hit musical Lazarus transfers to London from a sold out run in New York City. The musical is non traditional in both style and substance, and takes place in a purpose built 960 seater venue next to King's Cross Station. This brand new performance space will house the production throughout its run, allowing audiences to experience this highly anticipated piece of art in an exciting new format.
With a cast that includes Dexter's Michael C. Hall, this is really a show for those who maybe think traditional musical theatre is not for them. The exciting new venue makes it feel like a truly special event, and Bowie fans from all over the world have begun to flock to the show as his final artistic collaboration.
Booking to 22 January 2017.