Cast announced for immersive adult fairy tale

London theatre news: Wednesday 17 July 2019

Cabaret - Immersive - Off-West End - Shows

Casting has been announced for London's new immersive masquerade ball, Red Palace, showcasing cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance - due at The Vaults from 24 September.
Red Palace at The Vaults

Image courtesy The Vaults

Casting has been announced for London's new immersive masquerade ball, Red Palace, due at The Vaults from 24 September 2019 through to 12 January 2020.

Following the huge success of Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel return to The Vaults with a Gothic cabaret guided by an irresistible tale.

Join The Prince and meet the court; witness the beautiful, the brilliant, the wanton, the bizarre - nothing and no one is what they seem.

Red Palace is inspired by the vicious narratives of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen but these are not the fairy tale characters we think we know as Snow White joins Gretel, mermaids and the Big Bad Wolf.

With the allure of the carnivals of Venice, topped-up with the Gothic macabre of Edgar Allan Poe, audiences must dance, dine and discover the mystery at the heart of the masked ball.

The stories threaded through the production look behind the mask to explore power and duplicity.

The Red Palace sheds the binds of gender and sexual conformity to release a world of pleasure and freedom.

The wholly female and non-binary cast of players, aerialists and cabaret artists includes ...

Ella Prendergast (Secret Cinema presents Bladerunner: The Final Cut)

Teddy Lamb (Since U Been Gone, HighTide)

Porscha Present (Divine Proportions, The Vaults) and

Emer Dineen (The Dark Side of Love, Camden Roundhouse).

Actors and circus artists include ...

EM Williams (Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Harold Pinter Theatre)

Rosie Rowlands (Anna Nicole, Royal Opera House)

Emily Essery (Doctor Dolittle, UK tour), and

Rebecca Solomons (Hive City Legacy, Roundhouse) will also join the company.

Completing the ensemble are ...

Steffi Walker (Baba's War, White Bear Theatre and War Festival)

Megan Ford (Feminasty, UK tour)

Eleanor Dillon-Reams (HoneyBEE, Edinburgh Fringe)

Camilla Harding (The Tempest, Rose Playhouse), and

Alice Morgan-Richards (Alice's Adventure's Underground, The Vaults).

Gastro-storyteller and Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie will provide an exclusive menu for booked diners to enjoy a decadent evening of feast and fantasy (subject to limited availability).

Director Celine Lowenthal commented ...

"I am so thrilled to be working with our extraordinary cohort of performers on Red Palace, and it is a pure delight to be able to introduce our audiences to such a fantastic range of experienced and charismatic artists.

We are drawing together a phenomenal array of Shakespearean character actors, death-defying circus performers, cabaret and burlesque royalty, with some of the most experienced immersive and promenade actors in the UK.

You name it, we've got it: tarot readers, improvisational comedians, singer-songwriters, contortionists, drag kings, MCs - all ready to bring their phenomenal array of talents to the wild and exciting Red Palace experience.

And, as always with Shotgun Carousel, we are proud to be introducing to you an all-female/non-binary/trans cast, celebrating, elevating, and providing a platform for the artists we most want to see centre stage.

I can't wait to begin our exciting new collaboration!"

Show listing information


Once a year, the Prince unlocks the doors of his RED PALACE for a masquerade of divine proportions.

The Palace is Red, long live The Palace. 

From the creators of immersive banquet show DIVINE PROPORTIONS, Shotgun Carousel Presents:

A new immersive cabaret experience conjured from the darkest, most beguiling and magical folk tales.

RED PALACE is a night of feast and fantasy, glitter and doom, within a Gothic masquerade that breathes new life into our most beloved fairytale characters, all fit for a beastly ball.

Don your mask and your devilish alter ego.

Drink and be merry, for who knows how this party will end?

Join The Prince and his fairytale guests in the living labyrinth of the Red Palace and enjoy a decadent evening of feast and fantasy, glitter and doom.

It is up to you to roam the halls of the Gothic masked ball and meet as many members of the court as you dare.

Witness the beautiful, the brilliant, the wanton, the bizarre.

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but when a creature wears a mask they cannot be trusted.

From the moment you join this pulsating and swirling revelry, nothing and no one is what they seem.

Dance, dine and discover what you can to unravel the mystery at the heart of this ball.

Don't be deceived, these are not those same characters from your childhood memories.

Snow White and Red Riding Hood are all grown up and neither are daddy's little girl any more.

Meet a phantasmagoria of assassins, avengers and prophetesses; music hall starlets and black market bootleggers, fabulous émigrés from beyond the Palace's magical borders.

Seductive sirens lounge in the bathhouse and wait to lure you to a luscious end.

Alchemists will spin love spells into gold.

And of course, the Wolf, who's always at your door.

Lose yourself down corridors and into mysteries.

This is your chance to live your own fairy tale ending.

Indulge in the delicacies of The Prince's banquet to the sound of a ghostly orchestra.

Watch dancers and jesters, contortionists and buffoons as ballerinas fly through the air.

Rest assured, there will be Beauty and plenty of wine.

Follow the breadcrumbs, don't lose your way.

Your senses will be spinning and that's just what the Red Palace wants.

The Palace is Red, long live the Palace.

Dress like The Prince's Royal Subjects, with masquerades to impress.


Alice Morgan-Richards

Camilla Harding

Eleanor Dillon-Reams

Ella Prendergast

Em Williams

Emer Dineen

Emily Essery

Megan Ford

Porscha Present

Rebecca Solomon

Rosie Rowlands

Steffi Walker

Teddy Lamb


Author: Concept & Creative Producer - Laura Drake Chambers ; Scriptor - Cressida Peever; Food designed and prepared by Annie Mackenzie
Director: Celine Lowenthal
Production: Executive Producer - The Vaults; Creative Producer - Laura Drake Chambers 


The Vaults
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 24 September 2019

Closed: Sunday 12 January 2020



General Admission:

Tuesdays - £18

Wednesdays - £18

Thursdays - £25

Fridays & Saturdays - £30

Sundays - £25

VIP Dining Tickets:

Tuesdays - £45

Wednesdays - £50

Thursdays - £60

Fridays & Saturdays - £70

Sundays - £50


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