NEWS: Tom Felton to Play Guy Fawkes in The Gunpowder Plot

The Harry Potter actor is set to lead a cast of 50 digital cast members for the new immersive experience opening at a purpose-designed immersive theatre space in the UNESCO World Heritage Tower Vaults from the 20th May.

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It has been announced that Tom Felton, who is about to star in  2:22 in the West End, will play Guy Fawkes in London’s latest experience The Gunpowder Plot, alongside a cast of 50 which includes: Gary Beadle, Taqi Nazeer, Michelle Asante and Ash Rizi, as well as a cast of  20 live actors to bring this part of history to life.

This new experience combines live theatre and the latest digital technology to transport visitors to the heart of a story in which they are the protagonist. Thrown into the world that he plotters inhabited all immersed in an fully 360 environment. Those attending will experience the deception first hand but when you are surrounded by ‘traitors’, who will you trust?

The Gunpowder Plot has been written by Olivier nominee Danny Robins and features Creative Direction by stage director and multi-BAFTA award-nominated games performance director Hannah Price.

Set over three separate levels, visitors will step back into history to experience the conspiracy first hand. The story will start and end at The Tower, but taking place in in the UNESCO World Heritage Tower Vaults, which was last accessible to the public two decades ago.

Speaking about the role, Tom said “I’m very excited to be playing a character so famous (and infamous!) for being at the centre of the most famous conspiracy plot in UK history. Guy Fawkes is a fascinating character with a complex history and with passionate advocates and detractors then and now. To be able to bring the character to life through Virtual Reality, and to allow him to interact with audiences in a way that has never been done before, is thrilling.” 

The creative team behind the experience also includes: Associate Director Rosie Jones (Nintendo, Remedy Games, Audible, Rose Theatre Kingston, RSC), Historic Palaces Curator Dr Alden Gregory who drew on historic research to inform everything from characters to sights and smells in the experience. Virtual Reality elements of the experience are provided by leaders in personalising the VR experience Figment Productions (winner of The international VR Award for ‘Current, Rising’ at the Royal Opera House – Best Out-Of-Home VR Experience of the Year 2021) headed by Simon Reveley.  Curator Alden Gregory (curator of Historic Buildings at Historic Royal Palaces)and producer Tim Powell (Historic Royal Palaces creative consultant) bring their vast historical knowledge to the production and the historically accurate depiction of the city as a backdrop for the action is overseen by Gregory.

To find out more and to book tickets visit: https://gunpowderimmersive.com/

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