Immersive theatre company Colab Theatre has opened a new venue in a former pub in south London.
The theatre company already runs the Colab Factory, which hosted the immersive Great Gatsby, as well as two smaller buildings called the Colab House and Colab Cottage, all in Southwark.
Now it has taken over the former King William IV pub in Elephant and Castle and renovated it to open a fourth venue.
The company has a five-year lease on the pub from a private developer, which it intends to use for long runs of immersive shows.
The 200-seat venue has opened this month with Colab Theatre’s own production of Crooks 1926, which is currently running until March 29.
Artistic director of Colab Theatre, Bertie Watkins, said: “Because we have just opened our new, purpose-built space, we have been able to construct an immersive world that reflects the narrative perfectly.
“Colab Theatre continues to pioneer its own brand of immersive experience, Action Theatre.
“By combining complex game mechanics with a multi-linear story, the audience can engage in a way that genuinely affects the outcome of the show at the same time as feeling the emotional weight of those decisions.”
Watkins told The Stage that while the venue has not yet been officially named, it will be called the Colab Tavern.
He also spoke of plans to partner with improv company Nursery Theatre on an affordable rehearsal space housed in its Colab Cottage space, which he said would be available from around £13 an hour and £50 a day.