London's Free Open-Air Theatre Season 2016
31st August to 25th September 2016
Wednesday to Sundays
The free theatre season in The Scoop is back as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival - offering 40,000 free theatre tickets for great theatre within the heart of London.
Our city's cultural life is enriched by strong Russian and Eastern European communities and Russian big business is playing an increasingly important role in London's economy. So we're delighted to announce that this year we turn our gaze eastwards to two cornerstones of classical literature and legend.
6pm: The Wawel Dragon
Adapted and directed by Nastazja Domaradzka and Phil Willmott
with original music by Theo Holloway
For family audiences this summer, in a celebration of the European community within our capital city, Gods & Monsters will to bring to glorious life Krakow's famous Dragon of Wawel, one of Poland’s most enduring, much loved and iconic myths.
In collaboration with Polish theatre-maker Nastazja Domaradzka and using our trademark music, puppetry and vibrant storytelling, this is the tale of the ingenious, witty and daring folk who dared to defeat the dragon that lurks beneath Wawel Castle…
8pm: Crime and Punishment - A Rock Musical
Dostoyevsky and the music of Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow
As the skies darken over The Scoop, so does our story. Published in 1866 Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment is one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature. When an idealistic student kills a ruthless money lender, who terrorises the poor of St. Petersburg, the novel challenges us to ask if murder is ever justified.
Rock music works as the perfect medium to express the energy, rebellion and passion of the story. Fittingly this new musical production, adapted and directed by Phil Willmott, will feature specially written songs and favourite tracks by British rock legend, Toyah Willcox and her song-writing partner Simon Darlow.
Post show chats with the Company: Thursdays 8th, 15th & 22nd September after Crime and Punishment
On 22nd September both performances will be captioned by Stagetext and the post show chat after Crime and Punishment will have live subtitles by Stagetext. Theatre captions are similar to subtitles and give people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing access to the performance.
The theatre season is part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival which runs 1st June - 31st October 2016.