For six weeks theatre and performance ventures underground – literally!VAULT Festival is home to more than 100 different shows, from outrageous comedy and cabaret to hard-hitting political theatre and international dance.

Hidden beneath Waterloo, Vault hosts eight venues, three bars and even a restaurant!

For more information visit www.vaultfestival.com

Jade City  –  The VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Alice Malseed Director:  Katherine Nesbitt Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Surprisingly for a play set in Northern Ireland, Jade City is not about The Troubles, and yet the threat of violence is never far away in this lyrical two-hander by Alice Malseed. In revealing the lives of two Belfast lads, Jade City is a brutal examination of masculinity. Sas and Monty,both approaching their ...

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We’ve Got Each Other – VAULT Festival, London

Creator and Performer: Paul O’Donnell Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Paul O’Donnell, who brings his one-man jukebox musical, featuring the songs of Bon Jovi, to the third week of the VAULT Festival, is literally livin’ on a prayer. No actors, no band, no dancers, no pyrotechnics: instead just an empty stage, and a whole lot of imagination. We’ve Got Each Other may ...

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Mancoin – The Vaults Festival, London

Writer: Felix Legge Director: Anna Fox Reviewer: Maryam Philpott This review is only for men. It’s nice isn’t it to have a bit of space for yourselves again, for the last two years theatre has made you care about women’s stories and tales about all kinds of equality, and two years is a really long time to be a good ...

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INTERVIEW: Immersive Theatre and Sexual Politics at the VAULT Festival 2019

There are plenty of shows to see at this year’s VAULT Festival, happening right now in the arches down under Waterloo station, but for the more adventurous the festival also offers a whole host of immersive experiences. Greyscale lets audiences decide whether or not they have witnessed an assault, and the Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire met one of its creators, ...

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LGBTQ+ Preview: Week 3 at the VAULT Festival

With so many shows at the VAULT Festival devoted to LGBTQ+ issues, The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire thought he’d see what the third week of the festival had to offer. He chatted to three creatives who are bringing some queer-slanted shows to the VAULT this week: Drag King, Len Blanco; director and writer Conor Hunt; and award-winning comedian Heidi Regan. ...

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Fight Night – The Vaults, London

Directors: Joe Ball & Chris Neels Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Every year the Vaults Festival seems to get bigger, more shows, extra social areas and more performance spaces including a mini-warren of rooms temporarily given over to Exit Productions for their latest immersive venture Fight Night. Using the build-up to a boxing match as its theme, it’s part theatre, part mystery ...

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Kompromat – The Vaults, London

Writer: David Thame Director:  Peter Darney Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Kompromat is one of the early successes of this year’s VAULT festival, its run extended into the second week. Featuring some fine acting and a very smart script, this show about murder is certain to transfer. The title is never explained in its taut 60-minute running time, but ‘Kompromat’ is a Russian ...

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