Immersive theatre – where the audience are directly involved in the production – is growing in popularity, and if you are looking to organise such a production yourself but haven’t yet found the ideal venue then look no further, as the following top picks are all perfectly suited to such an event.
Boxville is one of London’s newer offerings within the venue scene but that isn’t going to stop it becoming vastly popular. This 1970s building was once a sporting venue but following its abandonment, it was re-opened as a multi-purpose event space; one that offers a whopping 51,000 square feet of unobstructed space, double ceiling height and a good maximum capacity of 500. This vast, open feel would lend itself very well to an immersive theatre event, with ample space for everyone to get involved as directly as you wished. It’s also easy to reach from the rest of the city, with Lewisham station just 5 minutes away on foot.
STYX is a converted warehouse found in the north of London, with both outdoor and indoor space available. In fact, in the winter months, the entire area is covered with a canvas festival tent, allowing the venue to continue offering its unique set up. With unusual, quirky spaces including a rusted freight container and a warehouse, STYX has a fun, informal feel that is perfect for interactive events, and with experience playing host to live performances in the past, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. The nearest transport option is Tottenham Hale, which can be reached in just 4 minutes.
The House of Detention is immersive enough in its own right, and would therefore be perfectly suited to an immersive theatre production. The turbulent history of this one-of-a-kind, 17th century venue is what helps it to stand out from the pack, having been one of the busiest prisons in Victorian times and an air raid shelter during the Blitz. Now, with its distinct architectural style and tangible atmosphere still intact, it serves as the perfect backdrop for many different events, all of which are guaranteed to make an impact. After all, where else can your guests enter a labyrinth of underground prison cells?
Found in Hackney Wick, one of East London’s best artistic hubs, you will find Shapes, a former printing factory that has re-invented itself as a creative arts and multi-purpose event space. With removable walls and a very generous capacity of more than 900, Shapes really is a versatile choice, with in-house assistance available for everything from production to set design and even catering should you need it. This helps to make things as smooth and simple as possible for you by eliminating the need to hire out third parties to organise the event.
Bargehouse is a flexible venue found within a warehouse that offers no less than 4 different floors of event space. Some of the areas on offer have a raw, stripped-back feel that is perfect for helping to establish an immersive atmosphere, whilst others have a much more modern feel. All of which benefit from lots of large windows however, not only ensuring that you get plenty of natural light but also allowing you to soak up the wonderful views, as the building sits in a fantastic location, by the banks of the River Thames and close to iconic London landmarks such as the National Theatre.