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The Crystal Maze set for comeback as live event experience

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By John Glenday, Reporter

June 15, 2015 | 2 min read

Fans of hit nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze is set for a comeback after a crowdfunding exercise to recreate of the hit format as a live event for paying punters raised £178k of a £500k target in just one day.

Show producers announced that they’d secured the services of Richard O’Brien to introduce proceedings in some capacity as they placed the first tickets on sale at £50 for those keen to relive their memories of shouting at the TV screen as jumpsuit clad contestants scampered round wobbly sets in the shadow of a manic O’Brien.

For the money participants of the 21st century reimagining will have access to the familiar Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones – but not the Ocean world which has had to be drained owing to stringent modern-day health and safety standards.

Explaining the genesis of the project artistic director Tom Lionetti-Maguire and executive producers Ben Hodges, Dean Rodgers and Malcolm Heyworth said: “Modern audiences want to do, not watch.

“In recent years, there has been a cultural shift towards entertainment that audiences can engage with in a more active way. The Crystal Maze represents the perfect opportunity to do something for this new audience on a grand scale.”

£500k of donations are being sought to make the dream a reality with those who stump up cash being offered early bird tickets, a ticket to the opening party and a replica crystal to acknowledge their generosity.

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