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The Grift, a new immersive experience at the historic Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Part theatre and part game, The Grift is an immersive, site-specific experience that will receive its UK première in the historic Town Hall Hotel in London’s Bethnal Green, where it runs from Tuesday, January 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Dropping its audience of just 50 a show into the middle of an adventure in which they are trained in the art of the con, participants will meet characters, solve clues and get a masterclass in the ways of the grifter, all in the interest of pulling off one final swindle to take down a seamy criminal mastermind.

They will have their intelligence tested and get trained in scams like The Pig In The Poke, The Round-The Corner, and The Money Swap…but in the end will they be sharp enough to take down an evil genius at his own game?

Described as an experience unlike anything ever performed on a stage, The Grift will sweep its audience into a thrilling adventure, turning everyday theatergoers into master con men. And when the show ends? They’ll be released back into the world with a whole new skill set—one that can pay off for years to come….

The Grift, conceived, written and directed by Tom Salamon – making his return to the UK after immersive successes Accomplice at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Goosebumps Alive in The Vaults at Waterloo – is produced by award-winning Danielle Tarento (Titanic, Ragtime, Le Grand Mort, Dogfight).

Tom Salamon

Writer-director Tom Salamon said: “I’m thrilled to be returning to the ‘seen-it- all’ sophisticated audiences of London, they’re up for anything and love to get involved and play along and I think we’re giving them something entirely unique that they haven’t experienced before.”

The Grift premièred in the US in 2105 to rave reviews and sold-out performances in San Deigo, California, produced by La Jolla Playhouse.

Tickets: Previews (January 23 – 25) £32; Tuesday to Thursday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm £42; Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 5pm £48. All ticket prices include a free cocktail during the show. Meal deals are also available. Book online at www.todaytix.com/x/london/shows/7647-the-grift.

NB: All tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales. Online booking will close two hours before each performance. Meal deals must be purchased a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 5pm.

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF