The Channel 4 game show is being revived at Kings Cross in central London next March
When tickets for the live version of The Crystal Maze went on sale yesterday, demand was so great that eager fans crashed the event’s official website.
The Channel 4 game show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by Richard O’Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, and the final two steered by Tenpole Tudor frontman Edward Tudor-Pole.
Last summer a crowdfunding campaign was launched to revive the show as a “live immersive experience” in central London. The campaign comfortably exceeded its £500,000 target, with 6,870 backers pledging more than £930,000 to bring back the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones, as well as the show’s famous Crystal Dome.
The company behind the campaign, Little Lion Entertainment, have now announced that the live immersive experience will begin next March at a 30,000-square-foot venue in Kings Cross. Tickets went on sale yesterday (December 1) priced at £50 per person on weekdays and £60 per person on weekends.
Soon after they became available on the-crystal-maze.com, high demand crashed the website and Little Lion Entertainment took to Twitter to reassure fans that they would be able to buy tickets again shortly.
At the time of writing (December 2), the event’s website is fully operational and fans can book tickets for dates between March 15, 2016 – the day the live immersive experience launches – and September 18, 2016.
The live immersive experience is described on the website as follows: “You and your team take on tests on mind, body and skills set in the four adventure time zones of the legendary TV show: Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic, not forgetting of course, The Crystal Dome!
“Your team of 8 will be put through their paces by our guides, competing against 3 other teams in a variety of trials that test their personal effectiveness and skills as a team. For each test completed they will earn a Crystal, for each Crystal they receive they will earn more time in the final challenge: The Crystal Dome.”
Richard O’Brien will not appear at the live immersive experience in person, but he has recorded a special video message welcoming fans to the event.