‘The Crystal Maze’ hits £500,000 crowdfunding target for ‘live immersive experience’

Classic game show will be recreated at a secret location in London, with Richard O'Brien returning

The Crystal Maze is set to return as a “live immersive experience” now that a crowdfunding campaign has hit its £500,000 target.

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. Earlier this month (June) a website and social media accounts were launched teasing that the show would be returning as a “live immersive experience” in London.

A crowdfunding campaign was then launched on Indiegogo, revealing further details about what the “live immersive experience” will involve. The project’s organisers explained that they are seeking £500,000 to recreate the classic game show at a secret location in central London, with Richard O’Brien returning to “welcome guests in time honoured fashion”.

Now, eight days after launching, the crowdfunding campaign has met its £500,000 target. At the time of writing (June 22), some 3,897 donors have given just under £510,000 to help make the project a reality.

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On Indiegogo, the project’s organisers explain that they are hoping to open the “live immersive experience” in late 2015 and say that tickets to take part will cost £50 per person for an experience that will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. “You’ll get to play the maze just as contestants did on the original show – placing you at the centre of the action. What we really want is for people to live the magic of the hit television programme for themselves,” the project’s organisers write. “We will be lovingly recreating the famous set just as it was on the original show. All four famous zones will be present: Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic, not forgetting of course, The Crystal Dome!”