John Robertson

The Dark Room

Welcome to THE DARK ROOM – the world’s only live-action videogame. It’s strange, insane and addictive – it’s a choose-your-own-adventure, so choose it! 

How do you play? The audience is trapped in a retro videogame with a sadistic end-of-level boss. Choose your options, survive the abuse simulator that is the improv comedy overlord John Robertson, and escape to win £1000 – or, be brutally murdered by the rest of the crowd!

Now, will you:

A. Find the Light Switch 

B. Go North? 

C. Abandon Hope?

Now in its 11th year, this high-octane interactive show is the brainchild of comedian & cult leader John Robertson. Filled with stand-up, appalling prizes and more audience chanting than you’d get at a protest – it’s a gut-busting rock n’ roll geek experience for everyone who buys a ticket.

John has performed The Dark Room to crowds of thousands at comedy, fringe, rock and gaming festivals, and to hundreds in theatres and arts centres around the world. These include Insomnia Gaming Festival, London Film & ComicCon, Sci-Fi Weekender, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, FringeWorld Perth, Leeds International Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, PAX Australia, EGX London, 21Soho, headlined the comedy stage at BlueDot Festival and multiple residences at Frog & Bucket Manchester and Soho Theatre. And of course, to millions of fans online on his Twitch Partner channel: www.twitch.tv/robbotron

Total Sell-Out Edinburgh Fringe 2019, 2022, 2023 

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“You must see this show”

British Comedy Guide

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“Something of a masterpiece”

Fringe Review

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A Rocky Horror for nerds… reader, I howled.

Telegraph

“NOT TO BE MISSED!”

Guardian

“What a marvellous, maddening concept this is from the twisted mind of Robertson.”

Chortle

Tour dates

12 January 2024

Soho Theatre, London

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7 April 2024

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester

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14 April 2024

The Leadmill, Sheffiled

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19 April 2024

Staggeringly Good Brewery, Portsmouth

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21 April 2024

Cambridge Junction

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28 April 2024

Monkey Barrel Comedy, Edinburgh

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6 June 2024

Komedia Brighton

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7 July 2024

Colchester Arts Centre

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14 July 2024

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester

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25 October 2024

Staggeringly Good Brewery, Portsmouth

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1 December 2024

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester

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