Audience Experience

Escape Room Theatre?
Live History has been performing interactive escape room theatre in historic venues, museums and libraries since 2015. All our shows include physical puzzles that the audience needs to solve together to advance the plot, or tasks that must be completed to achieve some objective. Our clues and missions are designed to blend into the venue and leverage the venues history. If you are thinking of attending one of our shows, bring your reading glasses and your thinking cap! Read more about what escape room theatre means to us.
Is this a murder mystery?

No one has ever died in one of our shows and we hope never ever will die in one of our shows. While we respect murder mystery theatre, our clues and quests are closer to “escape rooms”, and usually lead to a final treasure or message.

Some shows focus more on quests or missions, or focus more on the overall experience of the time. All include physical objects, or documents that the audience get to interact with.

Potential Venues

Do the shows take place on a stage?

No. Site specific theatre is a specific niche of theater that is performed exactly where the scene is written to take place. The actors and the audience members interact throughout the show and stand within reach of each other at all times. It allows for an immersive experience, making the audience feel like they stepped back in time.

Do you offer a way to evaluate the experience from a visitor perspective?

Yes! Live History provides visitor experience surveys at the end of every show. The data is collected and presented to the venue in a user friendly format within 6-8 weeks. Survey results include demographics, marketing breakdowns, and visitor feedback. This service comes at no extra charge.

Do you travel?

Yes! We’ve brought this experience to 7 countries so far, and are looking to add more to our list! Live History shows can be booked anywhere in the world. Each show requires only a small team, as well as a small suitcase of props and costumes. Contact us for quotes, including travel costs. Tours in your region split travel costs across venues.

How many shows can I choose?

Live History puts on 4 time slots a day, allowing venues to choose between workshops or shows that fit the venue’s theme. Potentially, a venue could put on 4 different shows a day!

Our In Time Unlimited experiences, run for up to 8 hours a day.

How much does it cost to book you? My venue’s tourism and marketing budgets are quite small.

Each quote is different, and is based on the length of engagement, as well as any travel costs. Let us know what you had in mind and we will do our best to accommodate you!

I have a 1800s house museum/ small local church/ 1100s Castle/ 1500s Gate house/ exhibit based museum/ art gallery/ library. Will that work for your shows?

Yes! We can work with all historic venues, exhibit based museums, art galleries, botanic gardens and libraries.

Check out some of the locations we have worked with in the past.

I would like to involve local actors/my staff/myself in your show as more than an audience member. Can I do that?

Absolutely! Each script offers an opportunity for local performers to have a part. This is an option, not a requirement. When booking, details such as holding auditions or automatically selecting local performers can be worked out.

Is my venue too small?

We have performed in everything from 1 room venues to large castles, and customized accordingly. Audience sizes range from 10 – 30 people, and we put on up to 4 shows a day for one flat rate. We have never met a venue we couldn’t design a show for! Let us know your specifics when contacting us and we can let you know which show design is best.

My entire town is historic with many historic buildings within walking distance. Can the shows accommodate all of them?

Yes! We can work with the script to accommodate your historic town core instead of just a single venue.

We have worked with a number of towns as part of Centennial Celebrations and similar. You can read more about our work for Forestburg, AB Centennial Celebration.

So, you present theatre shows…written for my location?

Yes! Each of our shows have a general plot line that does not interfere with or change the history of your venue or exhibits. When booked, our team will research your venue’s history, the exhibits on display and the local legends. We will then create a show that includes your Lords, Ladies, local history and exhibits. Costumes, props and scripts will all be period appropriate to your venue.

What about ticket costs/audience size/ etc?

All of that is up to you! Live History shows enable your venue to make a profit off their choice of ticket costs and audience sizes. Based on your venue size and location, as well as the length of engagement, we can offer suggestions.

Typically, each show allows between 20-30 audience members, with up to 4 performances a day. In Time Unlimited however, allows for an unlimited number of attendees, typically allowing groups of audience members to start every 15 minutes.

Every venue is unique and we work with you to ensure a good fit.

What are the advantages to booking a Live History show?

Live History shows are a great and easy way to get the public, local and visitors alike, involved in your venue. Whether they have visited before or are brand new to the town, the shows bring the venue to life in a way never before seen. Our interactives engage the audience with your venue and can even lead audiences directly to your gift shop.

Live History Shows are a turn key operation. They require only one rehearsal day, and arrive with the script fully customized, and props and costumes that are appropriate to your venue’s time period. The team provides marketing assistance and suggestions in the planning of show times and ticket prices. Live History shows are minimalist productions, so they are very respectful to your space, using what is available to them.

We also work with all budgets and engagement lengths, so whether you need us for one performance or thirty, Live History can be available to bring your stories to life. A recent article in the Economist suggests that some historic house museums are struggling for attendance. Live History can be a new way to bring people in. No other company on the market offers custom shows that bring your local history to life in such an easy, smooth and affordable way.

Palaces, like Versailles, castles and venues large and small are finding it a struggle to support themselves financially. Around the world, they are looking for other ways to bring in new revenue and visitors. Live History Shows can help you do all that and much more!