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Rhythm&Ruse immersive 1920s speakeasy from Punchdrunk alumni set to open

Rhythm&Ruse - a new immersive experience from Punchdrunk collaborators Fania Grigoriou, Mallory Gracenin, Naomi Banks and Sam Booth promises to "transport guests to an underground speakeasy at a secret location in the heart of Central London for a night of marvels and wonders like no other". Opening later in 2024 in a Zone 1 location, the experience will invite guests to enter The House of the Occult - a mysterious world of jazz age glamour and enchantment.

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Directed by Fania Grigoriou, with musical direction by Naomi Banks, and hosted and devised by Sam Booth and Mallory Gracenin, the production brings together some of the world's most loved and renowned immersive theatre creative talents, most recently seen in Punchdrunk's 'The Burnt City'. The experience will be produced by Immergence.

Rhythm&Ruse will allow guests to step into a fully realised jazz age speakeasy, where they will encounter the members of a secret society - with a shadowy history to discover - presenting the world's best close-up magic and cabaret. A live jazz band will accompany the magicians, and cabaret performers will host the evening with singing, comedy and larger-than-life stage magic accompanying the close-up performances. 

Additionally, specially selected audience members will have the opportunity to experience unique elements of the performance only for them as they delve deeper into the story of the House of The Occult, with behind-closed-doors performances from hosts and magicians.

Rhythm&Ruse guests will also enjoy the House of The Occult's open bar, which will offer a variety of prosecco, wine, beer and cider, as well as cocktails (0% options also available) at guests seats with table service throughout the experience.

Director Fania Grigoriou said:

I'm so excited to build this new and incredibly unique theatrical experience for London. From the moment guests step into our world, they'll be transported to a place where anything is possible.

Immergence's Lead Producer, Morgan Howson, said:

One of the most exciting things about Rhythm&Ruse is that alongside our incredible show, we'll be delivering a new venue specifically equipped to support the needs of London's growing cabaret community. We're excited to talk to independent artists and producers looking for a place to showcase new work later this year.

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