Immersive theatre

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Ready to plunge in? The rise and rise of immersive art
Thousands are flocking to hi-tech shows of work by Van Gogh, Dalí and, from next month, David Hockney, in London. What makes these exhibitions so fascinating – and popular?

Peter Conrad

28, Jan, 2023 @2:55 PM

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‘I never want to leave’: the immersive exhibition where art breaks free
Art experience Frameless is winning over audiences with its dazzling displays of animated masterpieces

Esther Addley

14, Oct, 2022 @4:38 PM

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Dance like you’re in Bridgerton, play Squid Game: why are immersive experiences booming?
From Stranger Things re-enactments to Batman dining nights, interactive events are taking over town centres – and fans are willing to pay high prices for the Instagrammable privilege of participating

Amelia Tait

14, Oct, 2022 @11:59 AM

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Peaky Blinders: The Rise review – immersed in a criminally flimsy plot
Fans of the TV series may enjoy the period detail and atmosphere, but this immersive show is frustratingly light on story and drama

Arifa Akbar

13, Jul, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Operation Black Door review – immersive wartime show is a damp squib
Poor storytelling and a clunky app-based interface mean that this time-travel adventure may well be the audience’s darkest hour

Kate Wyver

10, Jul, 2022 @11:27 AM

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The Gunpowder Plot review – hit-and-miss history in subterranean London
A thrilling live adventure is marred by moments of bewildering VR in this immersive voyage back to 1605

Arifa Akbar

10, Jun, 2022 @12:24 PM

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‘A revolution that never happened’: The Gunpowder Plot at the Tower of London
Virtual reality and live performance combine in a new show that asks audiences to consider if political violence is ever justifiable

Natasha Tripney

09, May, 2022 @11:15 AM

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The week in theatre: Punchdrunk: The Burnt City; Scandaltown
The immersive theatre trailblazers return with an all-consuming vision of the siege of Troy

Susannah Clapp

24, Apr, 2022 @9:30 AM

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What links Punchdrunk’s Burnt City to Patti Smith and John McEnroe?
As the celebrated theatre group launches a new immersive show, follow it down the rabbit hole via Damon Albarn, Meryl Streep and Glenda Jackson

Larry Ryan

23, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City review – spectacle eclipses story in siege of Troy epic
This immersive retelling of Greek tragedies is stylish and atmospheric but lacks narrative momentum and its scattered scenes can be frustratingly arcane

Arifa Akbar

21, Apr, 2022 @10:00 PM

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‘Adrenaline-fuelled’: Punchdrunk return with the horrifically timely siege of Troy
After almost a decade away, the world-conquering theatre rebels are back with The Burnt City, an epic take on the ultimate war story. We meet them at their cavernous new premises

Charlotte Higgins

21, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Immersive show turns Middlemarch into 1980s murder mystery
Coventry audiences will take their own journeys through the production as 150th anniversary celebrated

Rachel Hall

17, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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