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Descend into the world of an 1860’s British taproom as you sing, dance, and gamble your way through the Swell Mob Tavern! This fully interactive experience also includes award-winning clowning, cabaret, and puppetry.

Why Watch The Swell Mob

The Swell Mob tavern is a unique exhibit started by Flabbergast Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe that will open at the West End this season. As an immersive show, participants are expected to dress up as the denizens that populated typical taprooms in 19th century Britain. Visitors can shape their own experiences by interacting with the other members of the tavern and following clues. Drinking spiced rum or gin from the large silver tankard as you dance to the sound of the accordion truly transports you to the Victorian Era. This wildly immersive presentation is well worth a trip to the Colab Factory this summer!

The Story

The Swell Mob is filled with cardsharps, counterfeit cranks, scaldrum dodges, tarot card readers, sandbaggers, and thieves of all sorts. You are free to roam around the tavern in your Victorian costume as you chug rum, gin, or whiskey from your tankard. Exploration and interaction is the key to discovering more about the tavern and its many mysteries. Your actions have an impact on the story, and you are a key element in everyone’s narrative; so, choose wisely when it comes to making or breaking deals with characters.

Impressing the cashier of The Swell Mob with your costume will earn you a special reward, so make sure you pick a great costume. The setting itself is top-notch, and the actors will never break character throughout the show. With innumerable people to talk to, clues to follow, and passages to explore, The Swell Mob is a show like no other!

Good for

Lovers of Victorian Themed Presentations | History Buffs | Audiences Who Enjoy Roleplaying

Critics Reviews

“As you sip your spiced rum or bathtub gin from a large silver tankard and dance along to the accordion you get to spend time completely in another era and another world, and honestly what’s not to love about that.”
– Entertainment Focus

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Show Details

Show Timings

Thursday - Sunday 7:15 PM
Thursday & Friday 9:00 PM
Saturday 4:30 PM


Creative Director
Henry Maynard

Associate Director
Dylan Tate

Assistant Director
Elaine Hartley

Know Before You Go

To be confirmed

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Partial wheelchair accessibility

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

You are strongly advised to follow the instructions of the organisers. If you are asked not to head in a particular direction or walk into a room, please cooperate with the organising team. You might be asked to leave in case you fail to follow instructions or behave inappropriately.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification.

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