Crooks 1926

Crooks 1926

It is 1926, and in London, there is total war…

Lyn Gardner avatar
6 February 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Immersive theatre has come in for a bit of a beating recently with concerns around whether large scale shows really deliver the experience they promise, and about the safety of both performers and audiences. But companies such as Colab, led by Bertie Watkins, have been quietly getting on with the job, crafting skill and narratives with a series of smaller scale productions. Colab has now taken over a new space close to Elephant and Castle and launches it with a new piece, Crooks 1926, in which audiences are plunged into one family’s battle for supremacy in the heart of the Elephant and Castle. Expect Succession with South London accents in an evening that combines game mechanics with multi-stranded story-telling.”


Plunge deep into the cockney criminal underworld of Elephant and Castle as you are immersed in one family’s brutal battle for supremacy. Nothing is certain, violence is rampant and bargains are made to be broken. You can shape it all…

With COLAB Theatre’s most ambitious immersive production yet, you have complete autonomy to shape the experience. Bet on the boxing, your fortune foretold, or scheme privately with a devious traitor. Can you orchestrate the grand territorial takeover of London? Will you broker an alliance with The West End Boys and side with Italian Godfather Sabini? Perhaps you alone will wield the power of life and death, the choice is yours. Curate your unique experience as you are the master of fate.

Become the Blinder as you rub shoulders with the likes of Alfie White and The Cortesi Brothers. The gritty world of the 1920’s has never been closer.

* Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the building, we are not accessible to wheelchairs. *

Age guidance: 18+

Critic reviews

You're fully part of the action throughout this hugely entertaining show

Everything Theatre

As a whole, Crooks 1926 is an astonishingly executed project

Broadway World

An evening of carefully constructed mayhem

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Opening 21 May
Fri 21 May - Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.15pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins


COLAB Factory, 74 LONG LANE, LONDON SE1 4AU London, UK · Get Directions

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