Visit London Blog » Future Cinema Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Immersive Theatre in London in 2014 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:25:23 +0000 Fuerzabruta

Immersive theatre has hit the mainstream in London, in no small part thanks to Punchdrunk’s epic show, The Drowned Man, which is currently taking over a disused post office sorting building in Paddington.

The term ‘immersive’ can mean different things, but in essence it’s a show which lets you explore, touch and interact with the set or the performers, becoming part of the action. These shows should whet your appetite for boundary-breaking theatre in the first few months of 2014.

The Drowned Man by Punchdrunk

The huge-scale show transforms a five-floor building into the fictional Hollywood worlds of Temple Studios, with sets including a forest and a desert. Audience members wear Venetian masks and are free to wander around like ghosts, poking around the rich visual world and following different characters through two stories of infidelity, madness and murder. The phenomenal success of the show has seen its run extended several times – it is currently booking until March but could extend until the end of 2014. Until Mar

Vault Festival at The Vaults, Waterloo

This six-week arts celebration in the tunnels underneath Waterloo station is back for its second year, with two immersive plays. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas tells a twisted story of narcotics and the American Dream, and has been created by a friend of the author Hunter S Thomson. Meanwhile, The Cement Garden is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s first novel, exploring coming of age and the distortions of a 14-year-old mind. Aside from the plays, the programme is packed with parties, free comedy and other entertainment. 28 Jan – 8 Mar


The Roundhouse in Camden is the site of this raw, mind-bending show which is part circus, part carnival. The different set pieces see performers flying, screaming, bursting through walls, floating in tanks of water above you and walking on a tarpaulin which covers the whole audience.  Flat shoes are recommended and you may get wet, but you won’t want to stop dancing at the end. Until Mar

Future Cinema

The team behind Future Cinema have long been pioneers of mixing movies with immersive theatre, with sets and actors recreating the world of the film before you sit down and watch it. Creator Fabian Riggall wants to focus more on family-friendly events, and productions have included Bugsy Malone and Ghostbusters. Next up is Who Framed Roger Rabbit, launching on Valentine’s Day at Troxy in East London, which could feature an appearance from Jessica Rabbit. 14 Feb – 9 Mar

The Hotel Plays

Three works by American playwright Tennessee Williams are explored in 90 minutes in The Hotel Plays, moving from the lobby to the suites of The Langham Hotel. It’s a tribute to Williams, who spent much of his later life living in hotels. Innovative theatre company Defibrillator has created the show, which includes a look at the impact of war through a newly-married couple’s relationship, and the story of a married man who keeps a younger woman in a pink bedroom for eight years. 11 Feb – 8 Mar

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What’s On in London This Weekend: 7-9 September 2012 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:07:55 +0000

London’s gone festival-crazy this weekend: can you fit them all into your schedule?

The Mayor’s Thames Festival

The River Thames is the stage for The Mayor’s Thames Festival – London’s largest free festival. For its sixteenth year, the programme of events in, on and alongside the water include some which tell the stories of the river’s ships. HMS Belfast will host choirs and drummers for a piece inspired by the vessel’s arctic sea battle in 1943, and  Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Wilson has used ships horns to make the Cultureship De Walvisch sing her own sea shanty, retracing her cargo journeys of the past. The spectacular Night Carnival finale returns with 1,500 illuminated dancers, drummers, lantern-carriers and masqueraders parading the streets, followed by a huge fireworks display against the city skyline. 8-9 Sep


The Paralympic Games may be drawing to a close, but the renewed cultural focus on disability hopefully won’t. The Unlimited Festival involves disabled and deaf artists in some striking pieces. If you can catch her show, Scottish dancer Claire Cunningham will stage one of her personal and unforgettable performances with her crutches – Ménage à Trois explores her 20-year relationship with them and asks if it’s possible to find love when there are already three of you in a relationship. Until 9 Sep

Hackney Film Festival
East London’s celebration of all things cinema is back for a third year showcasing film screenings, Q&As, live cinema shows and film artist performances from the creative borough. Independent and Bafta-winning films are on the bill of short films at Rio Cinema: highlights include The Odyssey, where director Asif Kapadia collects Londoners’ opinions of the 2012 Olympics using aerial photography, audio interviews and archive footage. For an abstract experience check out Saturday’s ‘expanded cinema’ evening, where artists will distort film and fuse it with other mediums using tape recorders, lenses, projectors, animation and the Victorian zoetrope. 7-9 Sep

Future Cinema Presents Grease

Danny, Sandy and the gang from cult teen movie Grease will transform Barnes Common into a 1950s USA high school set this weekend, for one of Future Cinema’s immersive productions. The location was only revealed a few days ago and details are always cryptic, but it looks like we can expect a funfair, sleepover at Frenchie’s, food at Frosty’s diner and of course, a screening of the classic motion picture at the end. Tickets are selling fast – but a new batch of tickets for Friday and Saturday are being released at 1pm today. 7-9 Sep

Got some tips for what to do this weekend? Add them below.

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