Reviews are in for Peaky Blinders: The Rise at Camden Garrison in London.
Billed as a fully immersive theatre show that places you in the heart of one of the world’s most popular TV series, Peaky Blinders: The Rise is produced by Immersive Everywhere, the team behind the hit immersive show The Great Gatsby.
The show gets top marks for the look, feel and atmosphere of the world inhabited by Peaky Blinders; There is a brooding set designed by Rebecca Brower and an infectious score (music by Barnaby Race and sound design by Luke Swaffield for Autograph), but the show is let down by the lack of in-depth narrative.
Photos by Mark Senior.
Read a round up of reviews for Peaky Blinders: The Rise at Camden Garrison
"I don’t think I’ve ever before been to an event where I’ve wanted to go again immediately, but Peaky Blinders: The Rise ticks that box."
"The show is so vast, so staggeringly full of things to do, that you could go a second time and have a completely different experience."
"There’s a remarkable amount of freedom – perhaps a bit too much. At any given time, you can choose to take part in any one of a dozen different things happening around the venue."
"the set is marvellous, and the attention to detail faultless. The Camden Garrison is the perfect venue, with the stables providing multiple nooks and crannies for people to gather and plot, as well as gobs of atmosphere."
"'A truly unmissable experience... this is a blinder of a show'"
It's a heady and head-spinning experience to be so fully immersed in the world and characters of a show you have loved and watched for years on television. The beautifully recreated sets and costumes are as impressive as the performances and provide endless delights, big and small, at every turn.
"A must-see for fans"
"Fast-paced, atmospheric, immersive show that skilfully melds quality storytelling with pure fun"
"A gritty but glamorous 1920s energy provides universal appeal, and gangster stories are ubiquitous enough in popular culture that audiences will easily be able to get involved without knowing the finer details."
"Peaky Blinders: The Rise has a real understanding of what works and how to execute it with style. It’s a must-see for Peaky Blinders fans, and there’s an awful lot to enjoy for everyone else."
"A handsome immersive experience in search of a challenging plot"
"Beyond the muddle of subplots, Katie Lyons’s script feels risk-averse, unwilling to offer up any unexpected plot developments beyond what we already know from the TV show. It feels little more than a lightweight pastiche of the fantastically researched and character-driven original, with none of the suspense or sadness that made the TV show so intriguing.
"This is comfortably the most tedious immersive theatre show I’ve seen in London in at least ten years."
"if you want a Peaky Blinders fancy dress party then this is fine"
"Throw yourself into a turf war with Tommy Shelby"
"As far as period details go, it’s the effing sardine’s whiskers. True, the fake banknotes aren’t going to fool anyone, but everything else about the decor at this immersive version of the hit BBC series has an authentic 1920s air."
"What isn’t quite so thrilling is the storyline."
"It lacks all-important narrative drive."
"Immersed in a criminally flimsy plot"
"Fans of the TV series may enjoy the period detail and atmosphere, but this immersive show is frustratingly light on story and drama"
"Lovers of the TV series may be content to drink in the period detail and atmosphere. But it has none of the slick intelligence of that show."