Secret Theatre Project: The Invitation

Fresh from a sell-out run in Hong Kong, Secret Theatre Project is returning to London with brand new immersive theatrical show The Invitation, launching on Tuesday 28th January 2020 in East London.

Featuring an immersive dining option as part of the theatrical experience, The Invitation will transport its guests to a Masquerade Party with a dark secret in a five-star hotel, where once donning their disguises, participants become a part of a devilish narrative of action, murder and intrigue.

Described as ‘Eyes Wide Shut Meets SE7EN’, Secret Theatre Project’s highly-anticipated new show takes place at the fictional Masquerade Palace, in the wonderfully historic Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests will be given a password to enter as well as an address and a set of instructions.

Everything is not what it seems as each guest gradually learns of the role they play in ultimately determining the fate of this arcane world of masked secrets, hidden clubs and tragedy.

Created by Simon Shand, the highly lauded Head Chef at The Town Hall Hotel’s Corner Room restaurant, the food offering at The Invitation will be of a standard not often seen at experiential events. Guests will be treated to two courses of contemporary seasonal dishes, all served in a setting like no other. Examples from the two-course menu include:

  • BBQ leeks, egg yolk puree, hazelnuts
  • Duck parfait, almonds, marinated beetroots
  • Fresh spaghetti, guinea fowl Bolognese
  • Cod cheeks, pomme puree, brown butter, capers
  • Glazed pork jowl, red pepper, swiss chard
  • Warm chocolate, artichoke ice cream
  • Marinated pineapple, chilli and coconut Tickets are available for the show only, with the add-on of two course dinner at Corner Room and a VIP package, which includes dinner and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne.

Founded by Richard Crawford, Secret Theatre Project has travelled the world with unique, immersive and site-specific productions, entertaining audiences world-wide. Launching in 2008, its first project, Edward Scissorhands, which took place in an abandoned factory in New York, was a great success and opened doors for a long line of innovative shows.

For 2020, Secret Theatre Project is returning to London after a sold out, critically acclaimed run of Code 2024.

Other previous projects include an adaptation of Tarantino’s Dusk Til Dawn in Singapore, Freakazoid in LA, Romeo and Juliet in London and Reservoir Dogs in Hong Kong.

One of the original pioneers in the immersive theatre movement, Richard Crawford is known for creating some of the most cutting-edge and risk-taking productions. Born in Scotland, Crawford moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and was a member of the Actors studio before deciding to step away from traditional theatre, to connect closer to the audience surrounding him.

Having originally opened in 1910, during the heyday of Edwardian architecture, The Town Hall Hotel is a historical gem with a wealth of preserved features. With much of the building now a bustling hotel, the original council chamber still remains, with its grade II listed interior and distinguished Art Deco furnishings providing a fitting backdrop to this new highly conceptual production.

THE INVITATION @secret_theatre Various dates from Tuesday 28th January 16+ Tickets: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/immersive/the-invitation?t or from Masquerade Palace, 8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF |

Nearest tube: Bethnal Green tube

Tickets: £39.00 – £109.99: Early Bird Ticket | 7.30pm | £39.99 (Show ticket only)

Early Bird Dinner and Show Ticket | 6.15pm | £66.99 (Show ticket plus 2 course sit down dinner)

Early Bird Champagne Dinner Ticket | 6.15pm | £79.99 (Show ticket plus 2 course sit down dinner with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne)

Early Bird VIP Ticket | 6.15pm | £109.99 (Show ticket plus 2 course sit down dinner and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne)