tarento
Danielle Tarento presents
The Grift
"a quirky, ingenious and altogether delightful piece of entertainment"
★★★★  WhatsOnStage
a thoroughly enjoyable interactive crash course in con artistry...infectiously good fun"
★★★★  The Stage
"impressively well executed...an absolute blast"
★★★★★  Londonist
'exquisitely enjoyable…if one leaps right into the adventure, a fun ride is guaranteed"
★★★★  The Upcoming
“a truly unique and unforgettable evening”
★★★★★  Break A Leggers
"an exciting and fast-paced adventure...let this production immerse you into the forbidden world of hustling and rusing”
★★★★  Pocket Sized Theatre
“I was genuinely giddy with excitement. This show aims to stimulate your competitiveness, creativity and sense of purpose, and it definitely succeeds”
 The Play's The Thing
"a logistical masterpiece that palpably conveys a sense of danger and urgency as it progresses”
★★★★  WhatsOnStage
“it’s an escape room with a plot. It’s The Crystal Maze in a posh hotel. It’s a theatre show filled with puzzles. It’s terrific fun”
 The Play's The Thing
“come alone and join a team, or come with friends, it doesn’t matter, you will still have a deal of fun"
★★★★★  Critical Mass
"an Ocean’s 11 style adventure unlike anything ever performed on a stage. The Grift will make you feel like a master con man/woman. Go get your hustle on”
 LeCool London


Part theatre and part game, The Grift is an immersive, site-specific experience taking place throughout the rooms and spaces of the historic Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel. Dropping its audience of 50 per show into the middle of an adventure in which they are trained in the art of the con, participants meet characters, solve clues and get a masterclass in the ways of the grifter, all in the interest pulling off one final swindle to take down a seamy criminal mastermind. Audiences will have their intelligence tested and get trained in scams like The Pig In The Poke, The Round-The-Corner and The Money Swap…but will they be sharp enough to take down an evil genius at his own game?


An experience unlike anything ever performed on a stage, The Grift sweeps its audience into a thrilling adventure, turning everyday theatergoers into master con men.  And when the show ends? They’re released into the world with a whole new skill set—one that can pay off for years to come.


Making its London debut, The Grift premièred in 2105 to rave reviews and sold-out performances in San Deigo, California, produced by the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Writer-director Tom Salamon makes his return to the UK after immersive successes Accomplice (produced by the Olivier Award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory) and Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults at Waterloo).




Town Hall Hotel Patriot Square Bethnal Green London E2 9NF


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I pick up my tickets?

Tickets for this show will be run through a guest list system. Please ask at reception for directions to the check in point.


I’m purchasing separately from my friends but want to be grouped together. How can I assure I’ll be with my other ticket buyers?

While we would encourage one person buying for a whole group, we know how your friends are with paying you back. If you purchase separately, please email support@todaytix.com with who you’d like to be grouped with and we’ll make sure you’re together.


How many people do I need to attend?

Any number is fine! You’ll experience most of the show with a group of ten, and pairs and solo attendees will be grouped with others. Criminals make fast friends.


Is there an age requirement?

If you’ve got a child under 12 you’d like to attend, do you really think you should be exposing them to a life of crime at such an impressionable young age? The Grift is best for 12 and up.


Is there a coat check?

There is. We’d encourage you to leave big bags at home if possible, but you can also check bags with the concierge at the front desk.


The Grift sounds super fun, but I’m painfully shy and don’t want to participate. 

First of all, that’s not even a question. Second of all, you can play along and participate as much or as little as you like. You won’t have to do anything uncomfortable and you can just come along for the ride.


How much physical activity is involved? 

Although The Grift is set at a very leisurely pace, there is a good amount of walking and stair climbing. Please email info@tarento.net if you’d like to attend and will need assistance.


Do you offer private parties and corporate events?

Glad you asked. We do! The Grift is available any time of day, any day of the week, for any number of attendees you like. Email info@tarento.net for more info.


I hear you offer amazing meal deals at the Corner Room restaurant. What does the meal deal include?
The standard meal package will include a choice of 2 courses from a set menu (starter and main, or main and dessert). The premium meal package will include a 2 course meal, glass of champagne and a signed programme. Extras, additional drinks and service charge is not included.


I have some dietary needs. Can you still feed me?

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Please email info@tarento.net if you have any special dietary requirements. 

Where do I go to redeem my meal package?
If you have purchased the meal package or premium meal package, please go directly to the Corner Room Restaurant (located on the first floor of the Town Hall Hotel). 

What time do I need to arrive for the meal package?
For 2pm performances, please arrive from 12pm. You will be seated no later than 12.45pm for a set brunch menu. For 8pm performances, please arrive from 6pm. You will be seated no later than 6.45pmfor a set dinner menu. Following your meal, please ensure you check in for the show no later than 10mins before show time. 


I’m a wealthy and well-connected producer and investor. How can I bring The Grift to my city?

Email us! info@tarento.net