VAULT Festival welcomes over 200 new shows in 2017

VAULT Festival returns from 25th January to 5th March 2017 at its original home beneath Waterloo Station and, for the first time, at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley College. Boldly diverse, the programme features a myriad of shows exploring many themes via many more mediums. New bars and a fresh food offering, plus a dazzling array of late night parties complete a must-do destination event for the New Year. Tickets are available now via

gatsby_posterFor all six weeks at VAULT, The Great Gatsby presented by The Guild Of Misrule in association with The Immersive Ensemble and Perrier Jouët, will be performed across multiple spaces, ensuring every audience a unique experience, and rewarding those who dive deepest into Jay Gatsby’s world. Following on from Jurassic Park, their hit 2016 comedy, Superbolt Theatre return to VAULT with Mars Actually, which features in Proxima V, a new pulse of Space and Sci-Fi-themed events.

In collaboration with UCL Institute of Neurology, Thought To Flesh explores motor neuron disease (MND) in a spoken word, multi-media and movement interpretation. Heading up a wide circus programme, the contemporary spectacular Becoming Shades transfers from a sell-out run at Jackson’s Lane.

Every week, VAULT Film Festival premiers numerous exciting shorts and features, including are dark_net staring Johnny Vegas and Love Comes Later, a London premiere staring Sarita Choudhury (Homeland). Laughs-a-plenty are in store in Adele Is Younger Than Us, giving voice to a generation of frustrated ‘not-quite-Adeles’. Meanwhile the VAULT Comedy Festival also promises a fresh line-up stepping up to the mic.

At VAULT, when the curtain comes down the band starts up. Dance the night away every weekend at huge themed parties including the Valentine’s Ball, London’s favourite Mardi Gras party, Jay Gatsby’s own party weekend and more. Time Out present the Opening and Closing parties of the festival with music specially curated by their talented team.

Food at VAULT Festival will arrive in the form of Balkano, a kitchen inspired by chef Martin H Shaw’s exploration of Eastern Europe. Shaw has worked for the Conran Group, alongside Tom Aiken and at the award-winning Cake Shop Bakery, Woodbridge. At Balkano he offers up heart-warming dishes including Hungary Hot Potato and Smoky Serb Salsa, plus larger plates such as Chicken or Courgette Souvlaki with Labneh.

Two new themed bars presented in collaboration with Meantime & Campari will provide ample space to enjoy craft beers and cocktails. Spaces for any occasion, whether joining the party or seeking a secluded spot, will be available. Entry to VAULT Festival’s bar spaces is free so guests are welcome to simply come and enjoy the ambience.

VAULT Festival’s directors comment:

“VAULT 2017’s limit is beyond the skies and into the stars. We’ve crafted six weeks of entertainment for London: the artists you see here are the big names of tomorrow. VAULT finds inspiration in the future. That’s why we’ve made PROXIMA V – a carefully selected strand of sci-fi and space experiences designed to make you think about where we’re all headed, and if we really are all in it together. We’d like to be – so beam down beneath the surface and be part of it with us.”

For the second year running, leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books will combine forces with VAULT Festival to release an anthology of plays selected from the best new writing at the festival. Plays from VAULT 2 will be published on 26 January, to coincide with the beginning of the festival, and will be on sale at the venue, online and in major bookshops. Further details, including the line-up of plays chosen for the anthology, will be announced soon.


“London’s answer to Edinburgh’s Fringe”
Time Out

“A panoply of alternative arts delights”
The Guardian

“In these dree and dreary days of January, London needs something to cheer itself up and the answer might very well be VAULT Festival”
Evening Standard

“For more uplift in the dark days before spring, get yourself down to VAULT Festival for its wild and whirling programme”

One of Stylist’s “Best things to do out and about in the January around the UK”

“VAULT Festival is like a hyperactive real-life Netflix”
Mr Hyde

“Sweetly inventive and brazenly original”

“Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats – a brilliant place to spot new talent”
The Stage

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