A brand new dedicated immersive theatre venue in the heart of London's East End
Presented and operated by Parabolic Theatre, CRYPT is an atmospheric and mysterious underground space showcasing established and emerging companies all making innovative immersive work.
Following the success of CRYPT's opening season of work titled Make Do and Mend , we are delighted to announce our new season Gothic Arcana. A collection of shows inspired by gothic fiction exploring how the biggest monsters in our lives are often our own darkest impulses, yet there is always hope for the future of humanity.
Masterclass: Interactive and Immersive Performance
Join us for The Lab Collective's Masterclass! We'll be exploring ways of creating narrative driven dialogue with an audience, developing characters for interactive performance and offering tools to structure and record your work. Over the course of a day we will unpack key skills that enrich interactions and bring a strong live element to performances helping you to create meaningful and satisfying content whether you're making a large scale immersive show, or an intimate one on one performance. You'll be led by practitioners with over 20 years combined experience in creating interactive and immersive performance.
CRYPT's second season
12th - 25th November
An intense re-imagining of the Bacchae by Euripides, in a hypnotic 1960s setting
Take a trip to the city of Thebes, where King Pentheus believes he has everything under control - that is until his divine cousin Dionysus turns up seeking revenge on the family who have expressed doubt about this upstart god’s status. Witness first-hand the clash between mortals and the divine. You will ask yourself … do you deny a god?
Brought to you by Sleepwalk Immersive. We offer intense theatrical experiences for small audiences – telling stories which will haunt and enthral.
Etty... In Transit
30th November - 10th December
‘Etty…in transit’ is a new multimedia production based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). It charts the journey of two lives that interweave throughout the play. Sam Edwards is a mature fashion model with mental health difficulties who vlogs to her followers during the first lockdown of 2020. Isolated in her flat she discovers the diaries of Etty Hillesum and begins to devour them, appearing in projected videos. Etty appears live in The Crypt, through a verbatim script from The Diaries of Etty Hillesum.
‘Etty… in transit' is a story which brings hope. In the face of the utter horrors of the Nazi genocide. Etty emerges as a beacon of courage and light and her writings are more than relevant today in a world still ravaged by hatred and destruction. The play marks the 80th anniversary of Etty’s death in Auschwitz on November 30th 1943 and is produced by 'The Lions Part'.
3rd - 14th October
'If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!'
Descend in to the depths of the Crypt Tavern; a home of sailors, abandoned dreams and dark secrets. Amongst this rabble lurks Victor Frankenstein, a man with a past deeper and darker than you would ever guess. A story of loss, pain and one man's scientific folly. The question is, is he running from it or frantically pursuing it?
'Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.'
Fresh off the success of their spring production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Midnight Circle Theatre is delighted to present Frankenstein
14th May - 10th June
Step into 1892 London with SMITE, an immersive, interactive theatre experience where you become a detective. Solve a chilling murder mystery alongside fellow Londoners and the Metropolitan Police, uncovering clues, creating leads, and making decisions that shape the outcome. As the city reels from Jack the Ripper's legacy, it's up to you to restore peace. Delve into London's dark underbelly, where cryptic secrets and shadows lurk. Take control of the investigation, decipher enigmatic messages, and unveil the truth in Society Must Investigate Terrible Events. Once you're in the know, you'll never see the world the same way again.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
19th - 29th April
Welcome to The Crypt Club, where the whiskey flows, the music is loud and the conversations are...intimate. Your mysterious host, Mister B, will welcome you in and you'll get to know some familiar characters like you never knew them before. There's a portrait hidden somewhere that nobody likes to talk about, best not mention if you find it... things could get ugly.
We welcome you to get lost in Dorian's world of glamour, celebrity, bad decisions and of course, beauty, whatever that word might mean.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
A play sealed in an envelope, where not even the actor knows what will happen next.
Written whilst forbidden to leave his home country of Iran, Nassim Soleimanpour distills the experience of a modern, computer-literate generation born amidst the Iran-Iraq war. A fiercely potent and an apt reminder of the transformative power of theatre. For one night only, this really is not to be missed.