In the depths of The Old Vic Tunnels find The Enlightenment Café a Victorian world for aesthetes, geeks, bon-viveurs and enquiring minds. Do the rounds at a Victorian Psychiatric Clinic, be schooled in the science of love at the Institute of Victorian Dating Etiquette, experiment with the inebriating alchemy of Gin Distillation and flaunt your wits in a Speed Debating Tournament. Deeper still discover a series of laboratories and dens where people can congregate and be Enlightened.


A Theatrical Wonderland of Scientific Exploration!

Dates and Times are as follows:

Thurs 31st May, 19:00 – 23:00

Fri 1st June, 19:00 – 02:00

Sat 2nd June, 19:00 – 02:00

Sun 3rd June, 19:00 – 23:00


Meet The Minds

Quentin Cooper – Presenter of BBC Radio 4′s The Material World, the UK’s most listened to science programme

Joanne Baker – Author of ’50 Universe Ideas You Really Need To Know’ and Astrophysicist 
Claire Benson – Fire and Explosions Scientist 
Stuart Clark – Author of the ‘Sky’s Dark Labyrinth’ series and Astronomer 
Kathryn Harkup – Chemist, Vampirologist and Poison Scientist
Tim McInerny – Psychiatrist and adviser on Bedlam at the Globe

Alex Bellos – Author of ‘Adventures in Numberland’ and Mathematician (THURS & FRI)
Perhaps Contraption – An astonishing, twisted brass, art punk marching band (FRI & SAT)

Les Moineaux de Paris – A Quartet performing French chansons (THURS & SUN)
Andy Holding – Molecular Biologist and Skeptics in The Pub regular (FRI & SAT)
Helen Keen – Comedian and Space Enthusiast (THURS & SUN)
Paolo Viscardi – Natural History Curator and Mermaid Anatomist (SAT & SUN)

Plus the usual denizens of The Enlightenment Café…