Free open-air theatre at the Scoop

Free open-air theatre returns to SE1 this summer

A thousand-seater auditorium the Scoop will host productions of The Wizard of Oz and King Arthur during August


ancy catching al fresco productions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or King Arthur in an amphitheatre? For nada? Head to the South Bank in August and do just that. Spaces will be available on a first come first served basis each night – but don’t fret, the spot houses a whopping thousand people.

Gods and Monster Theatre have presented the open-air season on the banks of the Thames since 2003. As part of the London Bridge City Summer By The River festival, there will also be a diverse programme of activities including workshops, concerts and talks. The aim? To bring local communities together by enabling people of all ages and backgrounds access to stimulating and entertaining events.

Free open-air theatre at The Scoop
Outdoor theatre, The Scoop. Photo: PR

As part of the More London development, the sunken auditorium has an enviable location close to iconic Tower Bridge. Previous productions have ranged from Around The World in 80 Days and The Jungle Book to The Odyssey.

Each evening, much-loved stories and characters will come to life: follow Dorothy and Toto as they set off down the Yellow Brick Road and battle against the Wicked Witch of the West, or enjoy a dramatisation of Sir Thomas Malory’s 1485 retelling of the epic love triangle between a king, queen and handsome young knight. Both adaptations are by award-winning director Phil Willmott.

We advise getting there early to bag a seat. But there should be enough room for everyone *touch wood*.

Runs 8th August – 2nd September at The Scoop, Queen’s Walk SE1. Wizard of Oz: 6-7pm Wednesday-Saturday, 4-5pm Sunday, 2–3pm 26th August. King Arthur: 7.30-10pm Wednesday–Saturday, 5.30-8pm Sunday. More info here

Main image: PR

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