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Tomb Raider ‘immersive experience’ plan for Stables Market

04 August, 2021

The site for a new Tomb Raider centre and, forward, Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft in 2001

TWENTY-FIVE years on from the first video game appearance of athletic archaeologist Lara Croft, a new ‘immersive experience’ based on her Tomb Raider adventures has been mapped out for the Stables Market in Camden Town.

Planners must tomorrow (Thursday) decide whether to grant consent for the new centre in which guests will take on challenges and interact with cast members. It replaces a previous plan to base the centre on the Judge Dredd comic book and films.

In the latest new look for the historic market behind the wall in Chalk Farm Road, owners Labtech have earmarked the centre for the basement of the Atrium building, taking the place of units once home to the Cereal Killer cafe and a retro clothing store.

A planning report being considered by councillors this week said: “The proposal is for entertainment use, in the form of a Tomb Raider themed escape room experience, where participants will be guided through a set and will complete a variety of activities.

“The site would be operated by Little Lion Entertainment who specialise in such themed experiences and were responsible for the Crystal Maze live experience, and already operate several locations throughout the UK, including Angel, Islington, Shaftesbury Avenue and Westminster.”

The original ‘notional’ layout for a Judge Dredd experience at the market

Still amassing fans and new players, Tomb Raider has seen various twists on the video game since its first outing in 1996. Croft’s voice has been voiced by Line Of Duty star Keeley Hawes and Minnie Driver among others. Angelina Jolie played her in the first big screen movie in 2001.

One part of the story has Croft as a former student of University College London in Bloomsbury.

The New Journal revealed first last year how an immersive theatre offering run by Hartshorn-Hook, known for its live action productions of The Great Gatsby, is also being set up in the Horse Hospital building within the market grounds after the closure of the Zest nightclub.

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