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Dinner Is Coming review at Vaults, London – ‘an entertaining Game of Thrones dining experience’

Dinner Is Coming at the Vaults, London

In an increasingly crowded field, this immersive dining experience-slash-cheeky cash-in created by Ami Stidolph and Sam Carrack, and based on the dizzyingly popular HBO show, is more of an Edinburgh-fringe-skit-with-pie-and-wine than a sensory adventures of the kind hosted by Gingerline. But it makes for a fun night out thanks to some enthusiastic performances on the part of the cast.

Audience members are assigned houses on arrival – the Tarragons, the Trywells and the Bannisters – and invited to solve the murder of the bratty boy-king Jaffrey. For the winning house, there is a prize: not dominion over the seven kingdoms, but a free glass of wine.

The design is almost knowingly ropey, a few candles, a fair bit of velvet, some dressing-up shop wigs, and a throne of forks, though the bunting-clad banqueting hall is rather more impressive.

Dinner Is Coming at the Vaults, London

The parody is also pretty baggy, favouring silly puns and crass jokes over sharper Game of Thrones satire (though wisely avoiding spoilers for the current season), but the cast attacks it with admirable vim and energy, encouraging audience members to switch allegiances, gamely ad-libbing, and even arm-wrestling, with the punters.

The dinner, when it comes, is another plus. There’s a set menu served banquet-style, including epic platters of roasted meat and vegetarian and vegan dishes that aren’t afterthoughts. Tickets range between £35-55, which is reasonable given that you will be well fed as well as entertained, though the amount of fun you have will probably grow in concordance with the amount of wine consumed.

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Verdict
Entertaining if very silly Game of Thrones parody dining experience
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