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Announcing London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season 2019

In the stunning amphitheatre on the banks of the River Thames, London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season will return for a 16th year with the world premiere of ‘The Sea Queen’, a family show about the Irish pirate Grainne O’Malley, and Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy ‘Twelfth Night’.

Creative Team

  • Director: Rae Mcken

  • Set & Costume Designer: Mayou Trikerioti

  • Writer ‘The Sea Queen’: Daniel Winder

The Sea Queen

The world premiere of a family production about the Irish pirate Grainne O’Malley.

Join Grainne O’Malley; pirate, chieftain and Irish queen of the seas, as she sets sail on her greatest adventure yet. Her family are prisoners, held in the dark dungeons of Dublin Castle by the evil Sir Richard Bingham. To save their lives she must embark for London, overcoming storms, buccaneers, and mutiny, before finally facing her implacable foe; England’s Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. Based on the true story of Ireland’s legendary 16th century heroine, this voyage is for anyone who has dreamed of an ocean adventure. Come dance a jig, sing a sea shanty and live the life of a sea queen.

The Sea Queen
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

A new 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy.

Experience Shakespeare’s famous tale of unrequited love in all its hilarious and heartbreaking splendour, entirely for free. Separated from her twin Sebastian in a shipwreck, Viola must fend for herself in a strange land. Havoc ensues through mistaken identity and heartache as Viola falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio... ‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, And all the brothers too.’ 

The season will run from Wednesday 7 August - Sunday 1 September with both shows playing nightly, Wednesday - Sunday. There’s no need to book – just turn up and take a seat! There’s room for 1,000 people at every performance.

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