Whether you have spent years mastering the language of the Dothraki or have only recently finished watching the hit show, Dinner is Coming is a must for all Game of Thrones fans. This interactive experience offers both fine dining and theatrical performance that is guaranteed to have you dying of laughter (or in some cases, just dying).
Transported to Easteros for the union of Jaffery Bearathon and Margarine Trywell, the show begins with a series of murders. From then on, you must deduce who the killer is and why they did it. Be warned, Dinner is Coming differs from the Game of Thrones plotlines and your intricate knowledge of the lore cannot always be used to aid decisions.
The show takes place across two rooms: the throne room – the main theatre you reach as soon as you enter the building – and the feast room. The throne room is set up as a traditional theatre with a clear divide between the actors and audience; whilst the feast room has long tables where you both eat, and watch the performers as they move along the aisles and join you at the tables. When characters are not in the middle of the room performing a scheduled scene, they will moving around the room joining different tables and explaining who they believe the murderer to be.
Using immersive theatre techniques, the show is brought to life by the interactions between the actors and bystanders. In fact, these interactions are vital to the storyline as they offer clues about each character’s motivations. When you are not interrogating the characters, you can chat with your fellow house members and reason who you believe the murder to be.
For your meal, you can expect a delicious three-course set menu. Starting with a mint pea soup and a side of bread, the first course is a light appetiser that is both vegetarian and vegan friendly. The soup is then followed by a much heavier main meal consisting of: chicken wings, a leg of lamb, sweet potato vegan shepherd’s pie, mixed bean salad, cauliflower, and baked carrots and potatoes. Strange as this may be, the mixed bean salad was my favourite dish as it was so refreshing. Finally, once you are suitably stuffed, you are given a poached pear with cream for dessert. Both starter and main are served communally meaning you can eat as much or as little as you would like. To prevent further deaths everyone is given their own pudding. For those wanting something other than water, you will be pleased to find out that both rooms have a bar you can buy drinks from. Drinks can vary from £4 to £49 so be sure to bring your credit cards!
The one issue I had with the meal was that the servers were very quick to take away the food platters without asking if you were done leaving many dissatisfied. However, with the amount of food you will consume over the course of the show you do not need to worry about going home hungry – I was practically rolled home.
To ensure hilarity, the actors maintain a constant banter and are sure not to take themselves too seriously. As opposed to ignoring mistakes made by the series, they repeatedly mock plot holes and refer to editing errors found in the show when making jokes, making for a much more enjoyable experience. Personally, I loved every second of it but I would not recommend this to anyone who is easily offended due to the amount of cursing throughout the show.
Before booking your tickets, I would recommend finishing all eight seasons of Game of Thrones because, although the shows do have some key differences, many of the jokes are at the expense of George R. R. Martins universe.
Nestled under Waterloo station, located at the Vaults, Dinner is coming is an experience not to be missed. Tickets can be found on their official website below for £35 – £55 and although the price may seem steep remember that this includes entertainment and a three-course meal. https://www.thevaults.london/dinner-is-coming