Those searching for an alternative approach to romance this Valentine’s Day need look no further than this special screening of Freaks (1932) at The Old Operating Theatre. “Anyone who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital” said one contemporary review of this notorious film. The initial outrage over the use of people with genuine abnormalities overshadowed the film‘s real sympathies; if there are ‘freaks’ on display here, they are not the versatile circus performers to whom the title seems to allude. This tale of a ‘beautiful’ circus trapeze artist who conspires with her strongman lover to marry a dwarf for his money remain’s Hollywood’s boldest statement on the dichotomy between outer appearance and inner life. This event will be preceded by an introduction by Gareth Miles. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Book here
The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show will host two festive film nights at The View from The Shard this December. Bring a loved one to the top of London’s tallest building with the capital’s lights twinkling below. Bonus – you’ll be seriously close to the flight path of Father Christmas! Miracle on 34th Street | Tuesday 12th December This timeless Christmas classic only improves with age. See it on the big screen with a complimentary Grey Goose cocktail and free popcorn, while enjoying views of London that only Father Christmas gets to see as he makes his rounds! Book now Scrooge | Wednesday 13th December This has to be the definitive version of Charles Dickens’ classic starring Alistair Sim, with its ‘lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances that will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a newer sense of seasonal goodwill to all men’, according to Empire Magazine. Book now
Join The Old Operating Theatre on October 27th for a special Halloween screening of cult classic, Dracula. “One of the most revolting horror films I have seen in years.” (Daily Express review, 1958). Filmed in lurid technicolour for the first time, Hammer’s sexually charged Gothic nightmare blew away the black and white cobwebs of all previous versions and, with dripping blood and bared fangs, reinvented the image of the Count. Christopher Lee’s snarling, hissing portrayal became a model on how to transform a well-known character. His hot blooded animal instincts contrast brilliantly with Peter Cushing’s cool scientific rationalism in the role of Van Helsing. A watershed moment in the history of on-screen eroticism and gore, the film was key to the development of the horror film, sending shock waves through the decades that followed. It retains much of its bite today. This event will feature an introduction by Gareth Miles and the screening of the movie. Refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Book your tickets.
Whether you’re relaxing on your lunch break, meeting friends after work, planning a night on the town or whiling away the weekend, the London Bridge City Summer Festival is back to inspire, excite and entertain from June – August 2017. The iconic riverside stretch between London Bridge and Tower Bridge provides the perfect backdrop for a summer of fun, and there’s something for everyone in the festival’s jam packed programme, full of music, theatre, sports, street-food and much more. Check out the full programme listing below: FILMS at The Scoop Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tuesday 6th June – 18.30 Royal Opera House – 7th June – 19.30 Avatar – Tuesday 13th June – 18.30 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – 20th June – 19.00 The Lego Movie – Tuesday 4th July – 18.30 Johnny English – Tuesday 11th July – 18.30 Royal Opera House – 14th July – 19.30 Cool Runnings – Tuesday 18th July – 19.0 Finding Nemo – Tuesday 25th July – 18.30 MASSAOKE – The ultimate singalong sensation returns complete with amazing live band and lyrics on a giant screen – Every Friday in June at 19.00 MORE at The Scoop: Albert & Friends Instant Circus, Disco Yoga & Jungle Boogie, Flying Seagulls Project, Music Day UK, Addictive TV AV Mash up, Abandonman Live, Addictive TV, Brit School Showcase, Taste of The Fringe, Scummy Mummies, Who’s Jack, Reggae Aerobics, Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing, Havana endures, Han’s Haus Party, Thom fooled House Party, Jitterbug Competition, Oxjam Finale, Morris Dancing, Swing Patrol MUSIC Liam Bailey – Thursday 8th June – 19.30 Upallnite Daily Presents – Sunday 11th June – 15.00 Chainska Brassika – Thursday 15th June – 19.30 Nick Manaesseh – Thursday 15th June – 20.30 Matuki – Sunday 2nd July – 16.30 Also featuring: Boutique Groove Presents, The Majestic UDM Samba, Prince Fatty Soundsytem, Soothsayers, Dom Serving, Reel Roots, Resonators, Honeyfeet, Scrimshire (DJ), Afriquoi, Exra Collective, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Afro Cluster, DJ Hiphoppapotamus, Aleh Ferreira, Latin American Musical Fiesta THEATRE at The Scoop The Odyssey – Wednesday 9th August – Sunday 3rd September, Wed – Sun. The Scoop sees an epic, action packed production of pone of the worlds greatest adventure stories. Part 1 – 18.00, Part 2 – 19.30, Part 3 – 21.00 SPORTS ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Wimbledon, Lions v All Blacks STREET FOOD – KERB @ The Pier, 7 days a week. English Grounds – Thurs – Fri, Riverside – Sat & Sun. BARS The London Riviera, Look Mum No Hands, Corona HAY’S GALLERIA GARDENS Third Space Outdoor Fitness Classes – Wednesday 5th – Wednesday 26th July Busk In London – Every Thursday – Sunday Fitness First – Selected Mondays and Wednesday – Outdoor Fitness Glasses Hardie Grant Themed Workshops – Selected Thursdays Mad Hatters Tea Party with Fantasy High Street – Saturday 29th July – 12.00 Find out more