Free Open-Air Theatre Season

Published: 4 June 2015
Reporter: Howard Loxton

London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season

Gods and Monsters (Steam Industry with its Scoop hat on) has announced its programme for this summer’s performances in More London’s amphitheatre next to city hall.

From 5 to 30 August, playing Wednesdays to Sundays, it will present Captain Show-Off! aimed at family audiences at 6PM and The Trojan Women, for adult audiences, at 8PM.

Captain Show-Off! by Phil Willmott is adapted from the Roman comedies of Plautus and will have original music by Theo Holloway. It is set in the bustling Roman town that is home to self-proclaimed war hero Captain Show-Off. But, if he thinks everyone will join his fan club he's in for a shock.

Expect chaos, confusion and mix-ups galore as a colourful cast of clever slaves, daring lovers and cunning tricksters take full advantage of the mayhem caused by his arrogance. It will last 90 minutes.

Women of Troy, adapted from Euripides by Lisa Kuma, will take in much more than his post Trojan War play. It will also drawn on his Iphigenia at Aulis and Hecuba and their gripping account of the sacrifices, triumphs and tragedies of courageous women on both sides in the Trojan War. It will last 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.

All performances are entirely free (though donations in support are very welcome). No booking is required—just turn up and take a seat on the stone benches (for extra comfort bring a cushion or hire one there).

London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season aims to make theatre more accessible than ever before whilst not compromising on quality.

In the last 12 years, Gods and Monsters Theatre has performed to over 280,000 people at The Scoop, entirely for free, with 10% of the audience first-time theatre goers, more than any other venue.

This season aims to continue introducing new audiences—irrespective of age, education, financial circumstances, physical ability or ethnicity—while offering a warm welcome to regular theatregoers.