A theatre group that keeps audiences in the dark about the show and venue until the last minute is coming to Hong Kong.

Secret Theatre Project began in New York in 2009, and will stage performances in our city from Thursday until December 11.

"This is a fun concept where the audience members immerse themselves in the show," says Secret Theatre Project's artistic director, Richard Crawford. "There hasn't been a show like this in Hong Kong before."

Audience members elsewhere have been "taken hostage, questioned and brought into the world of the characters".

After guests buy a ticket (for HK$918), they will receive an invitation to a venue in a "central" location with a password and a dress code. Clues as to the tone, subject and mood of the production are then drip-fed through Secret Theatre Project's social media feeds.

Previous shows have included Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, staged in a disused factory in New York, and Diary of a Sociopathic Freakazoid, a play written by Edinburgh-born Crawford, performed in a Hollywood asylum. For the London debut, the Secret Theatre Project produced an adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.

Shows often sell out online within minutes.

The secret formula, however, poses challenges. In 2013, London-based theatre critic Mark Shenton caused outrage when he let slip the secret, by tweeting the title of a show during an interval (attendees for the following days' performances were still in the dark).

Attendees must be over the age of 15. For (the few) details available, visit secretstudiolab.com/hong-kong.html