Last year I went along to the interactive theatre show called The Wedding Reception.  The show is centred around a wedding reception in a hotel within a function room just like a real wedding reception.  Guests begin with drinks which can be purchased at the bar and can mingle with each other as well as the actors that are in the room.  It won’t take you long to figure out who they are as they’ll come up to you and ask how you know the bride or groom.  At around 8pm guests are taken through to the reception to be seated.

The tables have been set and rolls are served and drinks orders are taken.  The show begins with us all preparing to congratulate the bride and groom who have just been married and are on their way to the hotel to enjoy a meal with their parents.  Unbeknown to them friends and family have been invited – that’s the audience for a surprise wedding reception confetti and all.

The show unfolds around the audience as they enjoy their meal and take in in the hilarity as it happens.  Not quite as civilised as the weddings I normally go to, this one will have you entertained from start to finish and you really don’t know what to expect – it really is great fun.  The show is PG 15 as there is some strong language and sexual innuendo.  There are 4 actors in the show and each performs either 2 or 3 different roles.  The show is pretty fast paced and the actors move all around the room – bet their fitbits count a few thousand steps during the show at least.

This time some of the actors were different from my first visit – the show was just as good though.  I also heard that the it will only be on one more time this year at the Kingsway Hall Hotel on the 16th of December at 8pm.  It’s a great night out with friends and something different from your normal theatre show.  But don’t worry the fun doesn’t end there.  In Spring 2018 (dates to be confirmed) they will be moving to a much larger, brighter room at the 4-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel for three months and taking their crazy fun theatre show with them.

So what should you expect from this interactive theatre show?
Well for starters a mozzarella and tomato salad with balsamic glaze – see what I did there (sorry couldn’t help myself).
A bit of spontaneous dancing.
And maybe a bit more dancing.
Hair caught in a zipper – not quite a There’s Something About Mary moment thankfully.
Just like a real wedding you’ll be fed 3 courses.  I had chicken for my main but I also noticed there was a vegetarian / nut free option – they cater for almost everything from the look of it dietary requirementwise.  The food is there to support the show so don’t expect Michelin star dining.
Some spontaneous singing.
Will’s mum (groom) singing Rain on My Parade and she does a pretty good job of it too.
A little naughtiness.
 Audience Interaction.
The best mans speech goes oh so wrong!  Yes that’s him in his underpants.  I don’t want to say too much so I don’t spoil it for you.
And plenty more.  You even get dessert at the end with tea or coffee.
These guys are also responsible for the Faulty Towers Interactive show which has been a great success and will be moving to the new venue from 19th of January for the whole year with 6 shows each week.  I hope to visit the new venue and see what it’s like.  Having seen the hotel before I have a feeling it’s going to work extremely well.  There are shows at various locations around the UK.  If you want to find one near you take a look at their website.  The tickets cost £43 per person which is reasonable for a show and meal.  Make sure you go it’s great fun!
Have you ever been to an interactive theatre show before?

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10 thoughts on “New Cast Members At The Wedding Reception Interactive Theatre Show”

  1. This sounds so fun! I’ve never heard of anything like it! I’m sure it would be hilarious to watch, but also I think I’d feel quite nervous that they’d talk to me! Haha

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  2. It looks like fun! We very nearly went to an interactive show when on holiday in Chicago, which involved gangsters and raids and things like that. From the reviews, it did sound as if there was a lot of “joining in” involved though, so we didn’t go in the end.

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  3. This looks a lot of fun. I went to a murder mystery one a few years back which worked well and the local one I want to see if the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience which works the same way I believe. Hope this comes to Cardiff.

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