To celebrate the launch of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ on Amazon Prime we had the pleasure of attending a special five-floor immersive experience, escape room and exhibition in Soho, all under cover of an antique bookshop, A.Z. Fell and Co.
The TV adaptation of Gaiman and Pratchett’s novel will see David Tennant play the demon Crowley, while Michael Sheen is the angel Aziraphale in the fantasy drama which is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale (Sheen), a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley (Tennant), a demon, aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.
The six-episode series is due to air in 200 countries worldwide on Amazon Prime from May 31st and will be seen on BBC later in the year.
Created in close consultation with Neil Gaiman and the production team, the Good Omens bookshop takes over a Victorian townhouse in the heart of Soho, giving fans the chance to explore immersive set replicas from a rich array of props and costumes from the show and discover original artwork and on-set drawings from acclaimed portrait artist Lorna May Wadsworth.
As well as taking in the devilish artwork and props we undertook the escape room challenge in search of The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. Now, coming from someone who hasn’t usually been good at these things, it was a whole host of fun. If I could get out of these challenges, then I can guarantee anyone can.
Starting off the challenge, banished to Hell’s waiting room accompanied by two of the devil’s own minions and a hound of hell, you’re made to take a ticket and begin to decipher your clue cards, before choosing something you hate to send to hell before being escorted into a magical escape room of books and knick-knacks to embark on your challenge. Just make sure you don’t pre-empt the next stages of the sequences (guilty as charged) or you could get a telling off from the library’s head boy. If successful, you could even walk away filled with tea, biscuits and your own copy of the book.
The exhibition and experience will be open to the public at 19 Greek Street on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of June, coinciding with all episodes becoming available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 31st May.
The full experience is free of charge, and entry to the exhibition elements will be through walk-ins. The Escape Room experience, which lasts approx 30mins, will be ticketed through Eventbrite. With tickets limited and the imminent apocalypse, well, inevitable, fans are encouraged to book their places before the apocalypse inconveniently brings about the end of the world.
Tickets will be available from 10am Friday 17th May here: https://az-fell-and-co-bookshop666.eventbrite.com