Casting is announced for the UK première of The Grift, an immersive, site-specific experience – part theatre and part game – being staged in the historic Town Hall Hotel in London’s Bethnal Green.
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 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? 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 cast are: Dylan Allcock (The Only Jew in England, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Ged Forrest (Evanesce and Project Mayhem, Secret Theatre), Rachel Harper (The Edinburgh Test, Missmanaged Theatre), Laura Kirman (Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night, all West End), Alastair Kirton (Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong, West End and tour, Accomplice, Menier Chocolate Factory, Goosebumps Alive, The Vaults, The Changing Room, Royal Court), Daniel Millar (Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong, West End, Goosebumps Alive, The Vaults, Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man and Against Captain’s Orders, King Lear and Edward II, National Theatre), Kevin Moore (Take 2 and Crocodiles In Cream, both Jermyn Street Theatre, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, Bridewell Theatre), Mark Oosterveen (Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange Theatre, Love’s Comedy, Orange Tree Theatre).
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). It starts previewing on Tuesday 23 January, 2018 and will run to Sunday 25 March, 2018.