Parabolic Theatre announces opening season for new dedicated immersive venue CRYPT


Parabolic Theatre has announced the opening season for its brand new immersive venue CRYPT in London.

CRYPT is an atmospheric and mysterious underground space that will host some of the best immersive shows from across the country.


The innovative new venue is dedicated to immersive and interactive theatre and will open in the heart of Bethnal Green from March.

The venue will first open with Parabolic Theatre’s celebrated workshop series on immersive performance, How we work (19 – 20 March), which debuted online over lockdown and will be presented there in person for the first time.

Parabolic Theatre will also be working to rehome shows from the cancelled VAULT Festival with Trajectory Theatre’s Circus in a Bottle playing CRYPT from 28 March to 3 April.

The new venue will then host the opening season of work titled Make Do and Mend in April. The season will include a collection of wartime-inspired immersive pieces, some of which are brand new, and some of which had highly successful runs in London before the pandemic. The British Resistance Museum from Parabolic Theatre (8 – 14 April), Illicit Signals Bletchley from Mechanical Thought (2 – 28 May), Line of Fire from Cross Stitch Theatre (1 – 5 June) and Hidden Figures: WW2 from Partygeek (1 July – 30 September) will all be part of Make Do and Mend.

Further exciting shows from Parabolic Theatre as well as from companies that were to be at VAULT Festival will be announced in due course.

Owen Kingston, Artistic Director of Parabolic Theatre, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to announce the opening of CRYPT and the Make Do and Mend season of work. As a company, we benefitted hugely in our early days with a space dedicated to immersive theatre – the COLAB Factory. It allowed us to experiment and spread our wings in a low-risk, nurturing environment.

“Our hope is that we can provide something similar for immersive companies that may be struggling in the post-pandemic climate. It is vital that we do everything we can to build each other up in these challenging times.”

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