Whitechapel - Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron

Sidney Street

Thursday 25 May 2017 and 11 other dates Tickets from £20

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Thursday 25 May 2017 and 11 other dates
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Tickets from £20
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Activity
16 +

On the 29th of September 1888, Scotland Yard received a gruesome letter written in red. “Dear boss,” it began. What followed was a gruesome account of a murderer’s plan. A notorious figure who has never been caught. A figure known only by his signature… “Yours truly, Jack the Ripper.”

Step into that night as a citizen of Victorian Whitechapel. The streets you walk are haunted by an unseen man, the people consumed by fear and hysteria.

After a sell-out run in November 2016, Whitechapel: Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron is back for its second and final run.


In this experience, you will take on the role of one of the following:


- A member of H-Division’s finest, the police force tasked with catching the killer. The press have made you a joke, the people of Whitechapel hate you, and the killer taunts you from the shadows. It is your job to restore order.


- A member of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, the protectors of the streets. Led by their incendiary leader, they do what the police will not. The only questions is, how far are you willing to go?


- An impoverished citizen of Whitechapel, one of the many souls doing what they must to survive these dangerous streets. Remember though, Whitechapel can be a prosperous place. If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, you could rule this town…

Walk the streets of Victorian London and explore the lives of Whitechapel's residents in a time of mistrust, strife, and a full-blown media frenzy. Interact with key characters from the time, have a gin at the Ten Bells, or confess your sins at St Botolph's. This production is an hour and a half immersive theatrical experience. Every action and choice you make shapes the world around you.

But, be careful, everyone is a suspect in 1888…


16+ only. 

Guests may be ID'd at the door, anyone without a valid ID stating age may be refused entry with tickets non-refundable.

Tickets must be bought in advance. 


Directions to venue from Whitechapel Underground: Turn right out of the station onto Whitechapel Road. Cross through the pedestrian lights and turn left along Whitechapel Road. Walk approximately three minutes before turning right onto Sidney Street (there is a Barclays bank on the corner). Continue south down Sidney Street until you reach 1888 Sidney Street. The door to the production is opposite to the entrance of Lindley Street. If you reach Stepney Way, you've gone too far.


*This is an immersive show based on the people of Whitechapel in 1888 and the events that happened on the 29th of September, not the unknown assailant who committed these horrific acts.  

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Sidney Street
Sidney Street, Whitechapel, E1 2EG

Nearest station:
Whitechapel (Tube)


1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
7. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
8. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
9. The venue operates a No Smoking Policy.
10. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
11. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.
12. You may be removed from the event at any notice for the following: use of camera or phone, aggressive behaviour towards other guests, drunkenness, touching the actors unprompted, stealing.
13. There is no late admittance to the show. We encourage you to arrive fifteen minutes prior to your showtime or risk no admittance without a refund.
14. Guests must sign the disclaimer before entry. Without this disclaimer, there will be no entry permitted without refund. You can sign the disclaimer here: www.smartwaiver.com/v/whitechapel1888

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Very good. I loved it. Like with any immersive shows, try to go on your own and really immerse yourself in the event. Don't be afraid to get involved and challenge actors (I did and it was a brilliant experience, the actors are not afraid of improvising.) Neelam visited Sidney Street on 19 Oct 2016
18 Nov 2016 by

I had a fantastic time. I went with a friend but we're put in separate factions, which was all for the better as there was so much to explore and the attention to detail is fantastic. The cast are excellent improvisers and we even had an impromptu hostage situation which was completely off the cuff and really tense! Wish I could go again to try a different faction!
02 Nov 2016 by

Just wanted to write a review as I read the one below yesterday which made me feel a bit apprehensive about the production. My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time, the actors were brilliant and we were fully immersed in the experience. You have to throw yourself in to the production, a little acting of your own goes a long way and made the experience a lot more fun! Great date night, highly reccomended event. Zehra visited Sidney Street on 13 Oct 2016

Reply from Whitechapel - Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron

Hi Zehra, Thank you for taking the time to review the show! We're thrilled to hear such positive feedback about the event and the actors but, most importantly, it's grea to hear that you and your boyfriend enjoyed yourselves!
01 Nov 2016 by
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I was really disappointed with this production. I felt that we were hustled inside, it was not really explained to us what our roll was, and no one really knew what they were doing ( including the actors). Then after about 40 minutes we 'followed' a character into the basement of the building and were swiftly exited! even though the show was still going on! I still don't really understand what happened. Waste of 52 pounds i feel :-( catherine visited Sidney Street on 13 Oct 2016

Reply from Whitechapel - Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron

Hi Catherine, we’re sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the experience, especially your comment regarding our actors. We couldn’t be more proud of our cast and the job they are doing. As for the ending, we have had feedback that it was too abrupt and, as this is an evolving immersive experience, have taken your comments to heart and changed the ending to something more in line with the rest of the event. As for being lead through a basement to an exit while the show was going on, this isn’t true. There are cues at 50 minutes, guests are taken downstairs through a scare maze for the last part of the show. We are going to review how this part is played and make it clearer for guests. Each faction is lead in at a different time and so if your faction was one of the first to to go in then the other two factions still experience an ending scene with their relevant factions - though please be reassured you didn't miss anything. Thank you taking the time to review and sorry again that you did not feel this experience lived up to your expectations.
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