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Welcome to our collection of unique theatres and performance venues available for hire in London. We are proud to host many of the city’s greatest theatre locations, both well-known conventional theatres with a rich cultural heritage and quirky alternative spaces that would make an ideal space for a live performance or even an interactive event. From small intimate theatres to large scale venues, our list has it all, including those found in London’s iconic West End, often considered the home of theatre, attracting performers and spectators from around the world.

We can connect you with a stage that offers a unique central location, close to fantastic amenities such as hotels, restaurants and transport links to the rest of London and further afield, maximizing convenience and making the experience as hassle-free as possible. The beauty and generous space make theatres attractive for other events as well, including conferences, live music performances, press events and many others.

How to Produce an Interactive Theatre Event

Interactive and immersive theatre is on the rise, where the audience plays an active part in the play and changes how the story unfolds. It’s a new way of bringing the arts to more people and allows them to get much more involved than at a traditional theatre. But how exactly do you go about producing this type of play? And how do you make sure that it’s successful? We have some top tips on how to get your audience engaged so that they leave having been a part of something truly memorable:

Remember That It’s All About the Audience

In interactive theatre more than in any other, the audience calls all the shots. They are the most important part of the play as they will actually be playing their own roles within it. If you don’t have a play that is giving the audience this but instead taking it the power away from at times, this will leave audiences confused. They won’t know what is going on and with no one to guide them down the right path in the play, you are going to be left with customers who are frustrated and annoyed. If the audience needs help to become immersed, then you need to be able to give it.

Be Flexible

No two plays are ever the same in immersive theatre, because the cast is always changing. While you are giving your audience a certain amount of power, it can be easy to want to narrow this down so that they only have a certain number of options to go with, like picking a second path in a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’. While this can be done, it can also make the experience feel restrictive. You are looking for something that’s more organic, so the audience can really make their decisions and the actors take their cues from it.

Use Your Venue

No matter what venue you are in, it can be used to your advantage when it comes to immersive theatre. Look at the different quirks that it has and make those into a part of your play. Each venue has a unique feel to it, so you’ll have to choose carefully before deciding. You don’t want to have an idea in your head that ends up not working because you didn’t consider the venue carefully enough. There are a number of theatres for hire in London, and any one of these traditional venues can be absolutely transformed to accommodate an immersive theatre experience.

Think About Ratio

How any actors do you need to complete your vision? And how many audience members can you accommodate at any one time? Getting this ratio just right is crucial in producing interactive theatre that works. Generally speaking, the more actors there are the better, and unless your play is specifically designed to host a large audience all at once, having more actors that audience can sometimes be a good thing. In a murder mystery type interactive theatre, the audience is sometimes in groups, going around different scenes and trying to find clues.

Trust Your Actors

In interactive theatre, anything can happen, so it’s important that you don’t enclose your actors with set lines or scenes that they have to follow no matter what. The best type of immersive experience is the one that naturally leads you through it to the conclusion, and in order to do that, the actors need the freedom to be able to improvise. Every audience will be different. Some will need encouragement to speak up, and others encouragement to listen. Choosing a cast that has experience in this type of theatre and can handle any type of audience is crucial, and you need to trust them to be able to do it.

Check Your Tech

Your lighting and sound are still just as important in immersive theatre, so you need to make sure that you have the capacity to do all the things that you want to. It can be hard to rig up lighting in different parts of a venue, which is why pre-production is such a crucial stage in any play. Talking with your actors and getting their input on what will work for them will help your tech work in the way that’s simplest for everyone involved, while still providing the experience that you want your audience to be able to enjoy.

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

With this type of theatre, you never really know what’s going to happen with each new audience, and every night it will be different. This makes your rehearsal time even more precious. Get test audiences in to try it out and give feedback before opening to the public. This will help you to smooth out any kinks that you didn’t even know were there. The more rehearsal time that you can squeeze in, the better the experience will be for everyone. Remember, because your audience is so close to you, they’re much more likely to notice – and comment on – anything that doesn’t quite fit.

Enjoy It!

Let’s be honest, it’s rare that an opening night of any play goes exactly to plan, and there will always be a certain amount of hiccups along the way. It’s natural to be nervous when you’ve put so much time and energy into producing something, but the best way to make your interactive theatre event a success is to just relax and enjoy it.

There are still many people out there who have never even heard of interactive theatre let alone been a part of it, which is why it’s such a great way to get a new type of audience involved in the arts. If you think carefully about the play that you are producing, and always keep the audience to the forefront of your mind, then you’re sure to be successful.

FAQs Theatre and Performance Venues in London

What is a theatre?

According to the English dictionary, “a theatre is a building with a stage in it, on which plays, shows, and other performances take place.” London is home to some of the most famous theatres in the world due to its strong connections with the entertainment industry. In fact, London’s theatre scene is one of the most diverse in the world, playing host to everything from long running shows and comedies, plays that push boundaries, cabaret shows, innovative plays and award-winning musicals.

What events can you host at a theatre?

Theatres are not only the perfect setting for enjoying a show, they also lend themselves to hosting lots of other events too including the following: • Conferences • Meetings • Private shows • Party • Seminar • Talent show • VIP receptions • Live music performances • Press events • Lectures • Presentations And, one of the main benefits of hiring a theatre in London is that you will be able to enjoy a whole host of fantastic amenities such as hotels, restaurants and transport links to the rest of London and further afield.

What are the benefits of hiring a theatre?

There lots of benefits that come hand in hand with hiring a theatre in London including the following: • Able to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of events • Add a new and exciting dimension to your event • Professional theatre set up services • Theatre staff on hand to support any event if needed • A versatile space • Accessible to all • Ticketing facilities available • Full technical back up • Bespoke seating arrangements if possible • Professional sound system

How much does it cost to hire a West-End theatre?

London’s West End is renowned in all corners of the globe for offering the ultimate theatre experience at many of its iconic venues. Home to theatres that showcase the best musicals, London’s West End is also a vibrant cultural hub that's home to spectacular shopping street and a top-notch restaurant scene. With this in mind, if you decide to hire a West End theatre, you can expect to pay more to hire a West End theatre than you would pay for a theatre elsewhere in London. Prices also vary depending on the scale of the event you are hosting. When looking to find out how much it costs to hire a West End theatre, it’s better to contact the theatre directly.

Why is London the theatre capital of the world?

London has one of the world’s most thriving theatre communities, attracting visitors from the UK and all over the globe. And, London’s theatre community just keeps getting more and more exciting, with demand for new and exciting shows continuing to grow. And it’s not just the world’s best performances that are drawing in the crowds, London’s fascinating history is another major draw, with the oldest traces of London’s illustrious theatre history going back to the Roman times.

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