While cat burglary seems a faintly elegant relic of another time, one new opening by Broadgate Circus is offering Londoners a chance to get stealthy – and pull off an art heist for one of the most valuable paintings of all time.
The Perfect Crime, which launches on June 24 at Theatre Deli on Finsbury Avenue, is a new immersive escape room experience combining theatre and puzzle solving, which puts players in the midst of a break-in.
The setting for the interactive show will be familiar to fans of the Netflix docuseries “This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist”, which tells the story of two men who posed as policemen to steal 13 works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, including Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. It is still missing.
The blurb for the show reads: “Now, 30 years later, with the FBI offering a reward of $1 million, and an estimated black-market value of $100 million, it is the most valuable stolen painting in the world. And we know where it is.
“Break into the safehouse of a legendary thief. Overcome their extensive security systems by unlocking high tech locks, cracking unbreakable safes, crawling through the laser matrix and disabling alarms to finally get your hands on the most valuable missing piece of art in the world! Will you claim the FBI reward? Or chance your arm on the Black Market? You have a window of 60 minutes. Synchronise watches now.”
The show, which costs £30 per person and can be booked for between groups of two and six, comes from Rogue Productions, whose director Dean Rogers previously worked on the hit Crystal Maze experience, as well as Time Run and Heist.
Rodgers said: "This is our most exhilarating experience yet. And I think we could all do with some adrenaline now. We have taken the best of immersive theatre and escape games to make this the cutting edge of both. We have designed every detail, so you feel the real thrill of committing the perfect crime. This is a high-octane experience that makes you the star of your own heist movie. Nothing could be more fun than getting away with it.”
For more information, visit theperfectcrime.co.uk