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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ & KING ARTHUR (LE MORTE D’ARTHUR)
 

Welcome to our 15th anniversary season.
 
Having told so many classic tales from other cultures we’re excited to present a British myth for the first time, the story of KING ARTHUR, and to pair it with a classic female-led U.S. adventure, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, for our family show.
 
Although written centuries apart and conceived for a very different readership, they have a surprising amount in common. Both have a wizard and a witch and a central figure who assembles a team to fight for a common good. In Oz, Dorothy draws together a group of travellers seeking self-improvement and Arthur appoints a group of knights to strive for a more honourable England.
 
The difference is that Dorothy succeeds and Arthur’s ambitions? Well, let’s call them a work in progress. But his story can still inspire us as we consider the nature of leadership, and inform debate as to whether there are any English values that we can still be proud of, whatever our heritage.
 
These two titles have remained enduringly popular down the ages, perhaps because they celebrate honour in friendship, but certainly because they’ve great characters and plots – exactly the kind of stories we like to share at The Scoop.

17th August: Captioned performances
25th August: Relaxed performances
26th August 14.00: Extra Matinee THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ for Parents & Babies
31st August: Audio Described Performances

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
Wednesdays - Saturdays 6pm - 7pm
Sundays 4pm - 5pm

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in an adaptation by Phil Willmott of the novel by Frank L Baum, will retell the beloved kids adventure story and undisputed American classic of how a little girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion set off down The Yellow Brick Road to make their dreams come true. Add a wicked witch, flying Monkeys, Munchkins and an eccentric wizard and you’ve the perfect recipe for a tale that will thrill children under ten and anyone with a brain, a warm heart and a little courage.

KING ARTHUR (Le Morte D'arthur)
Wednesday - Saturdays 7.30pm
Sundays 5.30pm
RUNNING TIME. Approximately 2.5 hours with 1 interval. 

In the second half of our evening our thrilling new dramatisation of the story of King Arthur (adapted by Phil Willmott) draws on the poetry, majesty and magic of Sir Thomas Malory’s 1485 retelling of the epic story and focus on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight. Exploring the nature of kingship, loyalty and honour, it’s the captivating tale of an unlikely new king taught by the wizard Merlin to bravely live, love and rule with compassion.

OUR CAST

The cast, who perform in both shows, combine touring and West End experience with drama school graduates giving their debut performances. Adrian Decosta (Arthur in King Arthur and Tin Man in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) has performed in the West End, as well as the National Theatre and with the RSC, while Emma Hoey (Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gawynn in King Arthur) makes her professional debut after graduating from Mountview. They are joined by Sarah Agha (Homeland), Siobhan Cha (Autopsy: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes), Hadley Smith (Richard III, Swan Theatre), Tom Gordon (Pride and Prejudice, Courtyard Theatre Hereford), Henry Wyrley-Birch (Timothy, The Vaults), Eva Fontaine (After Orlando, Vibrant Festival), and PK Taylor, who performed in The Odyssey for London’s Free Open Air Theatre last summer.

“The audience is among the most diverse you’ll see in any London theatre
and the setting lends itself perfectly to the summer atmosphere”
Time Out

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

All the great civilizations of the world are rooted in extraordinary tales of gods and monsters, heroes and heroines, good and evil. We are dedicated to sharing the myths and legends of the recent and distant past which define who we are today. 

Our aim is to bring local communities together by enabling all people, irrespective of age, education, financial circumstances, physical ability or ethnic background, to access and participate in stimulating and entertaining free theatre. 

Come rain or shine, the Open Air Theatre at The Scoop has been delighting audiences since 2003, with a terrific free programme that has ranged from lively musicals to Greek classics. As well as packing in the crowds...by breaking down the perceived barriers of the arts, to attract a highly diverse and enthusiastic audience. Long may it continue!
— Boris Johnson