Designed by Katharine Heath
Created by DifferencEngine
Horrifying 19th century serial killer H H Holmes created a ‘murder hotel’ to target his victims in precision-engineered fashion. Now, immersive theatre company differencENGINE have been inspired by his story to create ‘The Hollow Hotel’, an interactive show that lets audience members exploring the winding corridors of a sinister hostelry, and fight to survive.
‘The Hollow Hotel’ is the follow-up to directors Jon Cooper and Andrew Somerville’s previous shows ‘Heist’ and ‘The People’s Revolt’. Ages 18-plus.
DifferencEngine’s invitation reads:
‘Together we’ve pulled off daring Heists and organised revolts against The Crown but could you survive a murder hotel?
differencENGINE is delighted to announce The Hollow Hotel an immersive interactive psychological horror that draws inspiration from the historical events surrounding America’s first and most terrifying serial killer – H.H.Holmes – the man whose preferred instrument of murder was a hotel.
After its unexpected closure, The Hollow Hotel invites you to its grand re-opening. But if you listen to the whispers in its winding corridors, you might lose yourself as each turn entices you to delve further in; until you can’t turn back. Journey through a maze of hidden passageways that will either lay you to rest, or lead you further into the hotels’ dark heart.
Uncover the hotels’ intricate histories, dark secrets and hidden agendas – whoever built The Hollow Hotel built a literal death trap; designed just for you.’
differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Their debut show HEIST was initially meant to run for three weeks, it ran for nine months & sold out in minutes, astounding audiences & partners alike. HEIST saw audiences breaking into a building, interacting through headsets & cameras and attempting to steal a painting without being caught.
“Totally brilliant… I just wish I could do it again”- Time Out
In 2015 differencEngine were commissioned by Electronic Arts UK to create Battlefield Hardline: Live, a high adrenaline, high stakes interactive experience based on the criminal fantasies of the game. The event lasted eight days & saw one group win a £10,000 cash prize.
“Events like differencEngine’s HEIST & Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man are snapping at the heels of Secret Cinema” – The Londonist
Since then the company has been developing their work in immersive & interactive theatre working with a number of key partners & organisations. The company’s enrichment programme has seen them develop shows for communities & children including partnerships with South London Gallery, The Phoenix Comic and Battersea Arts Centre. differencEngine have also worked with corporate partners such as Merlin Entertainments and EA developing audiences & interactive experiences.
Central to the company’s ethos is creating theatre that immerses a participant into a world where they are both protagonist & hero whilst exploring the boundaries of technology in performance.