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The Shark is Broken

Location: Ambassadors Theatre
Dates: 9 October 2021 – 15 January 2022
Prices: From £10
Book: www.thesharkisbroken.com

  FULL CASTING IS ANNOUNCED FOR ‘THE SHARK IS BROKEN’, AS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SMASH-HIT OF THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE PREPARES TO MAKE WAVES IN THE WEST END.

  • CO-WRITTEN BY ROBERT SHAW’S SON IAN AND JOSEPH NIXON, THIS BRILLIANTLY FUNNY, DEEPLY MOVING PLAY TAKES AUDIENCES BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BLOCKBUSTER JAWS.
  • LIAM MURRAY SCOTT WILL PLAY RICHARD DREYFUSS AND DEMETRI GORITSAS WILL PLAY ROY SCHEIDER ALONGSIDE IAN SHAW WHO STARS AS HIS FATHER ROBERT SHAW.
  • ‘THE SHARK IS BROKEN’ WILL PLAY A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN AT THE WEST END’S AMBASSADORS THEATRE FROM 9 OCTOBER 2021 – 15 JANUARY 2022.

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce full casting for The Shark is Broken when it opens at the Ambassadors Theatre from 9 October 2021.   Co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, this brilliantly funny play reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie JAWS.

As previously announced, Ian Shaw (War Horse and Common, National Theatre)will star as his father Robert Shaw. He will be joinedby Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss (reprising the role he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019), and Demetri Goritsas (ear for eye, Royal Court; Black Mirror, Netflix) as Roy Scheider.

Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on ‘Jaws’ has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three hammered sharks start to bare their teeth…

The Shark is Broken is written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, directed by Guy Masterson, set and costume are by Duncan Henderson, lighting is by Jon Clark, sound and music are by Adam Cork and video is by Nina Dunn. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Punchdrunk The Burnt City

Location: One Cartridge Place, London, SE18 6ZR
Dates: 28 August 2022 with previews commencing on Tuesday 22nd March
Prices: From £45
Book: http://www.theburntcity.com/ 

  • PUNCHDRUNK RETURNS TO LONDON WITH LARGEST LIVE SHOW TO DATE
  • THE BURNT CITY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE COMPANY’S NEW HOME IN WOOLWICH 
  • SET ACROSS THREE GRADE-II LISTED BUILDINGS, THE BURNT CITY TELLS THE STORY OF THE GREATEST GREEK TRAGEDY, THE FALL OF TROY, TRANSPOSED TO A FUTURE PARALLEL WORLD
  • THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND SLEEP NO MORE REUNITES TO BRING THIS NEW PRODUCTION TO LIFE
  • SUPPORTED BY PORSCHE AS HEADLINE PARTNER
  • THE PRODUCTION WILL OPEN ON 22 MARCH 2022 WITH A LIMITED SEASON ON SALE UNTIL 28 AUGUST 2022
  • PREVIEWS COMMENCE 22 MARCH WITH OFFICIAL OPENING ON THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2022
  • TICKETS ARE ON SALE FROM WED 8 SEPTEMBER AT WWW.THEBURNTCITY.COM 

Punchdrunk, the internationally-acclaimed theatre company who pioneered the breakthrough of immersive theatre in the UK, are returning to London for the first time since 2014. Following a break from the capital, with sell-out international productions and their award-winning foray into TV, with The Third Day, the company are back in their home city to premiere their first major new show since The Drowned Man.  

“As the smoke soars on wings to heaven, so sinks our city”

In the smouldering promise of the fall of Troy, a mythical world of Gods and mortals rises from the ashes.

As Greece teeters on the brink of victory, the neon backstreets of Downtown Troy give way to a sprawling labyrinth hiding secrets even the prophecies could not foretell.

In this colossal playground, the furies watch on as mortals play out their fate. And as night falls, the city comes alive. One last time.

On their own theatrical adventure, audiences are free to explore this dystopian landscape – taking them from the majesty of royal palaces to the pulsating underworld of Troy. Audiences may choose to follow the characters who emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show’s shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth.

A limited season is on sale until 28th August 2022 with previews commencing on Tuesday 22nd March in the company’s new home at Woolwich Works. The official opening will be on Thursday 21st April and tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 8th September at 10am.

The Burnt City will be Punchdrunk’s most ambitious production to date, opening in the wake of long-running international productions Sleep No More in New York and in Shanghai (where it has been playing to sold out audiences since it re-opened in June 2020 following a Covid pause). The production reunites the creative team behind Sleep No More and features a cast of international performers, including original members of the first Punchdrunk shows.

The Burnt City will take place in the company’s new home in Woolwich Arsenal – taking over three Grade II Listed Buildings as part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s new creative district, Woolwich Works. This will be the first time some of the buildings have ever been opened to the public. The epic size of these buildings offers the company a scale never before seen in a Punchdrunk show with vast heights and over 100,000 square feet of space. Alongside the production, the buildings will be the permanent home for Punchdrunk, as the company develops new works across theatre, TV and gaming. 

Punchdrunk is committed to working with the local community including running community events and partnerships with local arts and community groups in the borough, offering support, learning and resources. 

The Burnt City is supported by Porsche as Headline Partner. 

Back to the Future

Location: Adelphi Theatre, Covent Garden
Dates: From 20 August 2021
Times: Performances: Mondays, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Sundays at 3pm (N.B. no performances on Tuesdays except 24 & 31 August 2021 at 7.30pm)
Prices: From £19.95
Book: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/back-to-the-future-the-musical

Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean
invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown. But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high
school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical is directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown, On
The Town), alongside the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume
design), lighting design by Tim Lutkin, lighting consultant Hugh Vanstone, Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross
(video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and Illusions
by Chris Fisher. Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, with dance arrangements by David Chase.
Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.

Sony Music Masterworks will release this autumn the Original Cast Recording of BACK TO THE FUTURE The
Musical.

Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher
Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. The film grossed $360.6 million (£279 million) at the box office worldwide and the
total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in
today’s money).

Faulty Towers

Location: Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury, 9-13 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QD
Dates: From 2 September to 18 December
Times: Thursday – Saturday evenings plus Saturday lunch
Prices: From £60 plus depending on day and time
Book: www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/faulty-towers

London’s Longest running immersive experience will be reopening this September till mid December.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, the critically acclaimed international immersive phenomenon that celebrates its tenth birthday in London’s West End in October 2021, will resume full capacity performances at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Bloomsbury from 2 September for a limited run this autumn. Closed for much of 2020 due to the pandemic, the show reopened last autumn in a new socially distanced format, before closing again due to the December lockdown. The producers are pleased to announce that they will be bringing back the original version of the pre-pandemic show, in a newly refurbished space in the hotel, which has extremely high-quality ventilation. A loving tribute to the BBC’s classic TV series, the show has been seen by over a million people worldwide since it was born in Australia in 1997. As London’s longest running immersive show, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a highly interactive experience, where audiences enjoy a 3-course meal and 5-star comedy.

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because 70% of the show is improvised.

The fun starts as guests wait to be seated. It then hurtles along in a 2-hour tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style 3-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem.

Except mayhem and the unexcepted throughout this immersive dining experience.


The Top Hat

LOCATION 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PS 
DATES Launches 14 August 2021
OPENING TIMES Tuesday – Saturday, Midday –Midnight. Sunday, 12.00 – 11.00pm. 
WEBSITE www.thetophatrestaurant.com

The Top Hat is a brand new 70 cover restaurant and 47 cover cocktail bar inspired by the timeless classic Monopoly game. The elegant new space will launch in London’s West End on 14 August 2021 and be a  playful homage to the London version of the game. It will serve a ‘quintessentially British’ small plates menu  alongside cocktails inspired by the city’s historic narratives, with elements of the iconic game delicately sewn  throughout. 

Guests will have the opportunity to request a deck of Monopoly Deal with their drink order to engage in a quick playing card version of the game whilst they drink, or take a punt with the surprise ‘Take a Chance’ cards on  selected serves. More curious diners will appreciate the interactive gameplay woven into the venue’s design, on  closer inspection discovering the 100s of top hats hidden within the bespoke wallpaper.  

For those looking for Monopoly gameplay on a bigger scale, The Top Hat will sit alongside Monopoly Lifesized an exciting new participatory gameplay attraction that launches at the same time and will bring the  game to life in a live 4D immersive experience across life-sized boards. 

The menu will be a quintessentially British small plates concept, championing ingredients from the British countryside and sea as well as showcasing hyper local produce such as London cured charcuterie.  

Diners will be able to choose a selection of miniature versions of hearty classics such as The Top Hat Roast (Rump Steak, Parsnip Mash & Mini Yorkshire Pudding) Stuffed Pork Belly & Apple Sauce, Wye Valley Lamb  with Minted Jus and Fish & Chips allowing guests an opportunity to enjoy all their British favourites in one 

meal. Desserts will continue sharing theme and include nostalgic puddings such as Sutton Farm Orchard  Crumble, Lemonade Meringue Pie with Whipped Soured Cream and English Strawberries & Cream Eton Mess.  

COCKTAILS 

The Top Hat’s signature cocktail menu has been crafted to feature some of the world’s most premium spirits  and ingredients, echoing the game’s playful pursuit of success. Each cocktail has been designed to represent the  iconic properties of London fashioned around their respective historic narratives. The London links will range from the familiar e.g Leicester Square – Red Carpet Daiquiri, inspired by its reputation for film premiers, to the  more surprising trivia, with Trafalgar Squares Lychee & Rose Pearl Martini, inspired by the original London  Pearly King road sweep whose memorial statue can be found beneath Trafalgar Square.

Check out the full menu click here.


Money Heist

LOCATION London TBC
DATES Coming soon TBC
WEBSITE https://moneyheistexperience.com/

Money Heist is an immersive experience based on Netflix’s hit show Money Heist (also known as La Casa de Papel) which will take place in cities across the USA, Europe and Latin America. 

Question is do you have what it takes to pull off a seemingly impossible heist? Now you can find out by taking part in a mission that will test your ingenuity, nerves and courage. 

Fans of Netflix’s hit show, also known as La Casa de Papel, can become part of the iconic gang and test their skills in Money Heist: The Experience. The fully immersive experience based on the global hit show will launch in cities across the USA, Europe and Latin America beginning Summer 2021, including Paris, Miami, Mexico City, London and New York, with more cities to be announced in due course.

The action-packed experience will thrill diehard fans and newcomers to the story alike, as participants find themselves in a brand new heist based on the show, Netflix’s most popular non-English language series. Recruited into the notorious gang by Lisboa for a series of heists on spectacular international targets, participants will have their nerve tested as they attempt to follow The Professor’s plan, and break into jaw-dropping landmark sites in cities around the world, such as La Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the Seine. Ultimately, guests will find out if they have what it takes to infiltrate the vault and earn a spot in the gang.

Co-produced by Netflix and Fever, the leading entertainment discovery platform, Money Heist: The Experience is a high-energy theatrical event featuring a unique storyline that happens in parallel to the show. Each experience will be uniquely adapted for every specific region and unique venue it is taking place in. Each city’s venue will be announced shortly before the opening date, adding to the drama of every participant’s personal storyline.

Greg Lombardo, Head of Experiences at Netflix, said: “Money Heist came out of Spain but captured the imagination of the world. Now Money Heist: The Experience will bring the show even closer to home. From the moment you book a ticket, you will be at the heart of the gang. Slip into your red jumpsuit, put on the iconic Dali mask, and step into the world of the heist for an experience of a lifetime.”

Attendees can expect astounding visual effects and unexpected plot twists that could be experienced differently from one attendee to the next, as you interact with actors at every turn. For those planning to take up their city inspired code-name and join the gang though be warned, you might become the target being hunted by the police.

The waitlist is now open for those wanting to be the first to find out further information. To ensure participants safety at each event, ticket capacity will be limited, with strict covid-safe measures in place. Local covid-guidelines and restrictions for each city will also be strictly adhered to.

Note Attendees will be required to wear face masks at all times and must adhere to COVID-19 Government guidelines. Hand sanitiser stations will be available to visitors on-site. 


Dead Ringers Live

LOCATION The Big Top at the London Wonderground, Empress Place, Earl’s Court, SW6 1TT
DATES 17th – 29th August 2021
PRICE Ticket prices start from £16.50 
WEBSITEhttp://www.londonwonderground.co.uk/whats-on/dead-ringers-live

The legendary BBC Radio 4 series is set to land at the Underbelly in Earls Court this August for a special live residency at the London Wonderground. Tickets are on pre-sale through TodayTix until 9th June and then will go on general sale through London Wonderground from 10th   June.

Starring the dream team of Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey, the show will feature a mixture of classic sketches, new material and of course the trademark sharp and political humour for which Dead Ringers has won critical acclaim over its nearly 20-year history. Now is your chance to see some of Britain’s favourite impressionists give famous celebrities and politicians the Dead Ringers treatment including Jeremy Vine, Donald Trump, Theresa May and many more! 

Jon Culshaw is warmly regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist with an unmatched versatility and a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Barack Obama, Alan Carr, John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. He has starred in ITV’s Newzoids as well as the hugely successful BBC Radio 4 comedy Dead Ringers, which is now onto its 18th series. Other recent appearances include Frank Skinner on Demand With…  and Channel 5’s The Cars That Made Britain, where Jon spoke about his passion for old cars, such as the Ford Cortina, further showcased through his stint on Top Gear’s Extra Lap. Further TV credits include Spitting ImageThe Impressionable Jon CulshawThe Nightly Show, Parkinson, The Royal Variety Performance, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 2DTVHead Cases for ITV, and Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown (BBC1) and BBC1’s The Impressions Show alongside Debra Stephenson.  Jon is also a regular guest on current affairs programmes including The Now Show and Secret World (BBC Radio 4).

Debra Stephenson  Debra Stephenson is one of the UK’s best loved and critically acclaimed impressionists, comedy performers, actresses and singers. As a comedic impressionist she is perhaps best known as star of BBC One’s highly rated The Impressions Show, with her other impressive credits in the field including BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers and Rich Halls Election Breakdown. As well as the critically acclaimed ITV’s Newzoids. As an actress Debra has had long running roles in Coronation Street and Bad Girls (both for ITV), whilst her entertainment credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Young Hyacinth and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief to name just a few.

Duncan Wisbey is an actor and impressionist, and as well as starring in Dead Ringers, he is best known for Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, as well as the CBBC series Ultimate Brain.


Moulin Rouge

LOCATION Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London
DATES 12 November 2021 onwards
PRICE Ticket prices start from £25 
WEBSITEwww.moulinrougemusical.co.uk

“At its heart, Moulin Rouge! The Musical isabout a group of artists fighting to keep their stage show alive. That element of the story has felt very real for us as a company, as we’ve contended with the Covid shutdown and delay to our UK premiere. But now we are so excited and so honoured to finally confirm that our show will form part of a revitalised West End. We cannot wait for the red windmill to start turning in London!” said producer and CEO of Global Creatures, Carmen Pavlovic.

Directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonPeter and the StarcatcherMoulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red, three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Gladiator and The Aviator), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). 

Through the pandemic, the production process has progressed wherever possible, including holding auditions for the UK cast.

Alex said: “The last 12 months have proven uniquely challenging in engaging with performers as we look to cast the UK production. Nevertheless we have all been astounded by the perseverance and sheer talent of those we have seen, and I am excited to see the cast coming together.

It feels great to finally be confirming our UK premiere dates. I am thrilled now that we can look forward to bringing Moulin Rouge! to life in London and to welcome our audiences”.

The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets; his credits include Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes; credits include The King & I, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Costume Design), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (hair and wig design; credits include Come From Away) and Sarah Cimino (make-up design). Casting is by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke. The Executive Producer in the West End is Patrick Murphy and General Management in the West End is by Playful Productions.

The musical, which features a lavish, immersive set, follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running. 

Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film comes to life onstage, remixed for today in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Moulin Rouge! The Musical invites you to enter a world of passionate romance and eye-popping splendour… a place where Bohemians and aristocrats revel together in electrifying enchantment… a place where all your wildest dreams come true!  

Bringing Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the stage was a decade-long journey, spanning 3 continents, encompassing 75 songs credited to 165 songwriters, administered by 31 publishers, representing over 160 years of music, including recent hits released since the movie premiered 20 years ago. 

The Moulin Rouge! The Musical original Broadway Cast Album, which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Cast Albums Chart, is available at all digital and streaming providers by Baz Luhrmann’s label, House of Iona, and RCA Records. Click here to listen to the album.

Prior to the pandemic, Moulin Rouge! The Musical had been performing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it opened to widespread critical acclaim on 25 July 2019. Productions have also been announced for Australia, Japan and a North American Tour.

A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, thisis more than a musical… it is a state of mind. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge!


Witness for the Prosecution By Agatha Christie

LOCATION London County Hall, The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
DATES 14 September 2021 to 20 March 2022
PRICE Ticket prices start from £12 
WEBSITEwww.witnesscountyhall.com.

Since opening to critical acclaim in 2017 Witness for the Prosecution has captured the imagination of thousands who have been gripped by the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder in cold blood. Director Lucy Bailey, whose current projects include Oleanna, (currently touring the UK and soon to open in the West End) and the upcoming production of  Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Royal and Derngate/ UK tour), thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, as Agatha Christie’s enthralling tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high.  Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

The twists and turns of the case are played out in a spectacular courtroom setting inside the iconic London County Hall as prosecution battles defence and witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. The production received Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards.


Far Too Late

LOCATION Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London
DATES starting from Friday 25 June 2021
PRICE Ticket prices start from £19.50 (during previews) 
WEBSITEwww.andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com

‘Far Too Late’ is the latest in a string of acclaimed tracks from the album of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella which is set for release on 9th July. The album, written and produced during lockdown in the UK, features voices from the cast of the highly-anticipated new musical, as well as some soon-to-be announced, high-profile guest vocalists.

The release of ‘Far Too Late’ comes after it was first revealed to audiences in September 2020 with a performance by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Carrie Hope Fletcher in a stripped-back Her Majesty’s Theatre, home to Phantom of the Opera, in London.  

The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, the first new production to open after the coronavirus pandemic, will be at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 25th June. Cinderella is a new romantic musical comedy featuring an original story and book by 2021 OSCAR® winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and lyrics by Tony & Olivier award winner David Zippel (City of Angels). Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock) directs, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter​​​​​​​.

Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella in this new production.  She has starred in Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Addams Family (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), and most recently played Fantine in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre.  She is also a bestselling author and social media personality.


Circus 1903

LOCATION Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
DATES 16 December 2021 to 2 January 2022
WEBSITEwww.circus1903.com

The world-class performers at Circus 1903 are limbering up in preparation to entertain thousands of people as they flock to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this Christmas to marvel at the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus. Producers are delighted to announce today that the show will return for its third Christmas season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 16 December 2021.

Ringmaster David Williamson said: “I’m so happy that Circus 1903 is returning to Southbank Centre this festive season. There’s no better tonic for tough times than the sights and sounds and magic of the circus! I’m excited to get in front of an audience again and hear the roar of the crowd and see the smiling faces of the children as they thrill to our amazing show.”

Producer Michael Stevens said: “Circus 1903 has become an important part of the holiday season, for audiences old and young, and so we are delighted to be able to bring it back to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this year. After such a long period of not being able to see each other or to go out, this is a wonderful opportunity to get together at Christmas and celebrate while enjoying one of the most extraordinary shows on earth!”

Hosted by the charming and charismatic ringmaster David Williamson, Circus 1903 will feature many of the incredible acts from previous years, including Peanut and Queenie, the most charming elephants on any stage around the world. A range of dizzying new acts will join the troupe to astound and mesmerize audiences this festive season.  The full line-up will be announced in due course.


Monopoly

LOCATION Tottenham Court Road, London
DATES 14 August 2021
PRICES ranging from £48pp plus
BOOK www.monopolylifesized.com

Global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, Inc. and GAMEPATH (a new division of international theatre producer SELLADOOR WORLDWIDE) are pleased to release the very first details of the MONOPOLY LIFESIZED experience – a new, participatory gameplay attraction bringing together the best of the iconic board game, escape rooms and team challenge – the first of its kind in the world – due to open in London on 14 August 2021.

Tickets are on sale now via the website, and the team are seeking the biggest MONOPOLY fans in the UK to be among the first on the board.

All the most well-loved elements of a classic MONOPOLY gameplay have been translated into an exciting 4D experience on a full-sized board that teams of players will move around, participating in challenges as they go in order to acquire properties, earning money as they PASS GO, GO TO JAIL, picking up a CHANCE CARD and maybe getting lucky landing on FREE PARKING…

MONOPOLY LIFESIZED is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand. Experience the thrill of trying to stage a heist in Mayfair, competing against a clock to build some of London’s iconic buildings, solving a baffling murder mystery, stepping into the world of codebreakers…

The MONOPOLY: LIFESIZED experience will take place at 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, a 22,000sq ft building over three floors in the heart of the West End: THE COURT – the first in a series of central London venues dedicated to live gameplay. The building will house a retail outlet selling a wide range of Hasbro game merchandise, THE TOP HAT – a destination MONOPOLY-themed bar and restaurant serving signature cocktails and a quintessential British small-plates menu – plus three individually designed and unique main gameplay boards – Classic, The Vault, and City – and a Junior Board – making it a brand-new destination attraction where people can eat, drink, shop and play all under one roof.

MONOPOLY LIFESIZED will consist of a 75-minute gameplay segment on a 15 x 15m board, featuring 8 Properties, 2 Utility Companies, 2 Train Stations, Jail, Free Parking, Go, and Just Visiting. Each board can host between 8 and 24 people split into 4 teams, all playing against each other. Each team will have their own personal MONOPOLY token –, Scottie Dog, Boot, Racing Car, etc. – leading them around the game, taking scores, and giving hints where required. Each property square will have a full-sized location specific room behind it that players enter to participate in a challenge to ‘acquire’ that particular property. The challenges will be a mixture of physical and mental puzzles and games that will test players’ skills and lateral thinking, and will be themed appropriately for the square, featuring either some historical or current day relationship with that part of London. MONOPOLY: LIFESIZED will be created by a team drawn from across the immersive theatre, tech and escape room worlds: creative producers are Tom Beynon and Paul Mansfield, with set design by Tim McQuillen-Wright (designer for Secret Cinema experiences Stranger Things, Blade Runner, and Moulin Rouge), costume design by Sarah Mercade , sound design by Luke Swaffield, Production Management by Entourage, and Scenic Construction by Scene2. Clockwork Dog are Gameplay Consultants and Operations bringing on board their extensive experience in designing and building immersive and technically impressive escape room games.


Eleven98

LOCATION Secret location
DATES Various dates (bookings from 17 April)
PRICE Varies
BOOK https://www.eleven98hackney.com

East London’s favourite supper club Eleven98 by Chef Aidan is back!

Book and enjoy a dining experiences by Michelin-trained Chef Aidan Brooks at his Chef’s Table for an innovative and sustainable seven course fine dining tasting menu.

Enjoy a social dining experience and enjoy a showcase of Aidan’s incredible produce which is grown on his doorstep in the London Borough of Hackney. The Eleven98 experience always begins with a quirky cocktail on arrival, made using Haggerston-produced spirits from the 58 Gin Distillery. Then you’ll take a pew, sit back and delve into a sequence of seven carefully curated tasting courses, based entirely on Hackney sourced produce. All of the fruits, vegetables and herbs on Aidan’s menus have been organically cultivated or foraged in the borough, and everything else has to
be Hackney produced or sourced. They are very proud to say that sustainability and environmental mindfulness are at the very heart of their ethos. Aidan’s interactive style of service means he’s on hand to offer insightful details behind each dish as it’s presented, explaining where things were grown or where they came from. This makes the whole experience way more than just a meal.

Bookings are open from 17 April, beginning with Saturday lunch services from 2pm. This will be with a reduced capacity. The seven course tasting menu will be served al fresco in the picturesque garden of our secret new location, and bookings can be made here!

Then from Friday 21 May Eleven 98 will be moving back indoors for Friday and Saturday night 7pm slots, continuing with the reduced capacity.

If you’d like to book out the whole table during April, May or early to mid-June, just get in touch with Aidan via his Private Dining page here.

From 25 June Eleven98 hopes to be able to return to full capacity with no restrictions.


Swamp Motel

LOCATION Live stream
DATES Various
PRICE from £45
BOOK https://swampmotel.co.uk/live

Swamp Motel creates entertainment that blurs boundaries between theatre, film and gaming. By giving audiences a pivotal role within story-worlds, Swamp Motel’s innovative productions are always live, social and thrilling whether experiencing them from your sofa, your desk or in an unexpected venue.

Their online experiences combine the artistry of immersive theatre with the thrill of an escape room, made for the internet. Their theatrical events allow audiences to experience new and existing stories in the most unexpected ways, made for live.

Choose from either

Plymouth Point
The Mermaids Tongue
The Kindling Hour


Doctor Who Time Fracture

DATES 26 May onwards
PERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday to Sunday at 6.30PM, 7.15PM & 8PM
Matinees: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12.30PM. 1.15PM and 2PM
LOCATION 19 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LE
PRICE £47- £57 plus booking fee.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOOK VIA https://www.immersivedoctorwho.com

Doctor Who: Time Fracture, a new immersive theatrical event from the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest running immersive show. Officially licensed by BBC Studios, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place at Immersive | LDN, a former military drill hall dating back to 1890, from 17 February 2021, with tickets available through to 11 April 2021.

1940 – it’s the height of the Blitz. A weapon of unknown origin destroys a small corner of Mayfair, and simultaneously opens up a rift in space and time. For decades, UNIT has fought to protect the people of Earth from the dangers it poses, but they’ve been beaten back as the fracture multiplies out of control.

Earth as we know it is at stake – now is the time for you to step up and be the hero. Travelling to impossible places, confronting menacing monsters and ancient aliens along the way, it’s a journey across space and time to save our race, and our beautiful planet.

Featuring an original story arc, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will invite audiences to become immersed in the world of Doctor Who. Placed at the heart of the story, audiences will meet Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and many other strange and mysterious characters as they travel across space and time to discover amazingly realised worlds and undertake a mission to save the universe as we know it.

Doctor Who:  Time Fracture will allow guests to meet a character from Time Lord Victorious, BBC Studios’ brand new multi-platform Doctor Who story.

Working in close collaboration with BBC Studios, Director Tom Maller (Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale, 28 Days Later, Blade Runner), writer Daniel Dingsdale (Dark Tourism, Stardust, The Drop Off) BBC consultant James Goss (Dirk Gently, Torchwood), Production Designer Rebecca Brower and the creative team at Immersive Everywhere will bring to vivid life the worlds of Doctor Who giving audiences a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures like never before.

Director, Tom Maller said:

“We are incredibly excited to be at the creative helm of this project. It has been an enjoyable experience already, working with BBC Studios to make sure Doctor Who: Time Fracture not only meets the extremely high expectations of fans, but exceeds them.

Writer Daniel Dingsdale added:

“Drawing from the rich legacy of Doctor Who, which spans over half a century, we are creating an adventure that will entertain both fans that have immersed themselves in the show’s universe for years, and audience members who will walk in from the street having never seen an episode. It’s going to be an absolute blast.”

Louis Hartshorn, joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios to bring the incredible universe of Doctor Who to life in a way that only immersive theatre can. We can’t wait for audiences to step into the world of The Doctor, and find themselves closer to the action than ever before, in this expansive and ambitious new show.

Based on everything we know now, we are confident that Doctor Who: Time Fracture will be able to go ahead as planned in early 2021 and will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full creative team.”

Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place whilst adhering to the social distancing guidelines announced by the UK Government this month. Immersive Everywhere will also be operating a no-questions-asked exchange policy where customers who are no longer able to attend can exchange their ticket for an equivalent ticket on an alternative date.


WEST END MUSICALS SILENT DISCO WALKING TOUR charity supporting

DATE Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 14:30
DURATION OF TOUR 2 hrs & 30 mins
BOOK VIA www.silenttours.net/tours/west-end-musical-silent-disco-walking-tour

MUCH LOVED WEST END EVENT REOPENS TO GIVE THEATRE LOVERS A TASTE OF THE WEST END WHILST THEATRES REMAIN CLOSED

£5 FROM EVERY TICKET SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO THE THEATRE ARTIST’S FUND

Silent Tours, producers of Silent Disco Walking Tours (Westend)  Trip Advisor’s number 1 ranked walking tour for London is delighted to announce the team will once again lead musical theatre lovers through the streets of London, as restrictions on outdoor entertainment are lifted.

As musical theatre enthusiasts are unable to go to an indoor venue to see shows, Silent Disco Walking Tours, which has been running for two years, offer the chance for audiences to get their musical theatre fix safely, as they are taken on an all singing, all dancing tour of the West End. 

Visiting 20 theatres across the West End, guests are given commentary, facts, anecdotes along the way all of which make up a fascinating and vibrant history of London’s theatre.

In between stops, audiences listen to musical tracks selected from shows that are playing or have played at each of the venues via a Silent Disco headset. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance and have fun throughout as they experience a slice of musical theatre, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Producer and tour host Shaun Ames said “whilst the recent government grant to the arts has been celebrated and welcomed, theatres and indeed all arts venues wait anxiously for news on how the funds will be allocated. As we cautiously welcome a return to the possibility of indoor performances, we’re well aware that for theatres, most will find the need for social distancing prohibitive, which is likely to mean that doors remain shut for months to come.

We hope that by relaunching our tours, we can not only provide musical theatre lovers with a chance to experience a slice of the West End in a socially distanced and responsible way, but also give people a chance to learn the rich history of West End Theatre and to understand how vital a part of both the culture and the economy it really is. In addition, we plan to give back what we can by donating a portion of the ticket sale to the Theatre Artist’s fund”

Tickets cost £24 for a tour that lasts between two hours and two and a half hours, £5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Theatre Artist’s fund (https://theatreartists.fund) which has been set up by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK whilst theatres cannot operate.

As an outside event, Silent Disco Walking Tours are fully able to go ahead in compliance with government guidelines – by ensuring that all guests wear face masks – provided by the company and each tour has reduced its capacity to 16 people per tour.


When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Love cookery books, love cooking, love socialising then you will love The Cookbook Circle club.

The Cookbook Circle club in for fans of eating, cooking and meeting new people. But mostly eating.

The Cookbook Circle was created by Victoria Durant and Hannah Quinn – two people slightly obsessed with recipes, new places to eat and ogling Instagram posts of delicious things. 

Victoria and Hannah’s mission is to bring people together and get everyone cooking using the cookbooks that they have currently, rather than always buying new ones. Each month they bring a new theme and members get together, cooking a dish from a recipe found in a cookery book (or online!) and socialise. It can be sweet, savoury, veggie, vegan or meaty. As The Cookbook Circle is all about cooking, eating, exploring, discovering and socialising.

So grab your cookbook, dust it off and show it some love and share your dish with others. As every month at The Cookbook Circle it is all about eating and discovering new dishes which we have made from one of those books that we may of neglected.

With a different theme every month the question is what will you cook and what new recipes will you discover whilst eating, sipping and socialising at The Cookbook Circle?

February’s theme is comfort food – because it’s still winter and we need cheering up.

​Bring along a comforting dish on February 24 at 7pm, as well as the cookbook it’s from (if you feel like it). Recipe cards are provided so you can take down any dish that caught your eye and tickled your taste buds on the night.   

Members who attend will get lots to eat (and leftovers to take home) and a lovely community to share your love of food.

Discover more via https://www.thecookbookcircle.com

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