• Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June, daily • FREE with admission entry To celebrate the official anniversary weekend, meet the workers, engineers and passers-by that once inhabited Tower Bridge. Taking inspiration from the ever-growing archive of personal histories from the lifetime of the Bridge, costumed actors will perform across the Bridge, bringing the story of the opening weekend to life. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
Gnomus – Caretaker of the Earth By Puppets with GUTS Come and meet Gnomus who will be checking every leaf and every flower in the London Bridge area to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Gnomus, the caretaker of plants and stories, unearths untold facts about climate change and the environment. This bumbling, gentle giant is kind and friendly engaging families in themes of extinction and conservation. Recommended for ages 6 and over. Commissioned and presented by Team London Bridge, National Parks City Week and Potters Fields Park Management Trust, with funding from Arts Council England. Dates and times Melior Street Community Garden, 60 – 68 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU – Friday 26 July – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street, SE1 2AA – Saturday 27 July – 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm St. John’s Churchyard, Tower Bridge Road / Tooley Street, SE1 2AJ – Saturday 27 July 1pm & 3pm FREE atlondonbridge.com puppetswithguts.com
Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s two most infamous and iconic plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet – at one of London’s most historic pubs. The Three Inch Fools will perform at historic London Bridge pub: The George Inn (just down the road from Shakespeare’s local, The Globe!). The George Inn is London’s last remaining galleried inn; its cobbled courtyard making a unique backdrop for this infamous and iconic duo of plays. The Fools will perform for four nights only in September (8, 9, 15 and 16th). Dates and shows: 8 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9 September – Hamlet 15 September – Hamlet 16 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Book tickets
Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space at Tower Bridge with a brand new programme. Featuring newly commissioned vocal works performed by the Marian Consort, a dynamic internationally-renowned young early music vocal ensemble, recognised for their fresh approach and innovative presentation. The Marian Consort will perform classic renaissance pieces, some exploring the phenomenon of voice-hearing. There will also be new site-specific music, alongside specially-commissioned spoken word performances from Rae Levine; plus celebrated tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE will perform an exclusive solo set. The Bascule Chamber houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights during lifting. When the bridge is at rest, this dramatic brick-lined space stands empty. These unmissable, atmospheric concerts provide a unique way of experiencing one of Victorian engineering’s greatest feats. Book here Essential information Please note performances are subject to change upto 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge. Ensure you have read the full terms & conditions before booking. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
People from across London came together on Sunday 22nd April to dance The NELKEN Line, as part of The Pina Bausch Foundation’s world-wide participatory project. This famous sequence is from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter line from NELKEN, 1982 by iconic German choreographer Pina Bausch. Watch out for familiar sights as the dancers weave their way through the London Bridge area, led by world-renowned dance artist Dickson Mbi. The venture forms part of a global project created in partnership with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Team London Bridge, London Bridge City, Potters Fields Management Trust, Network Rail, King’s College (Guy’s Campus) and Southwark Council. Read more about The NELKEN-Line Project. An Interview with Dickson Mbi https://vimeo.com/266354950/49e277a81c. Dickson Mbi will feature in the BBC Four programme Tuesday, 8 May at 19.30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2lx9h. He can also be seen performing his own work at Sadler’s Wells on 5 and 6 June at 8pm https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2018/akram-khan-company-portraits-in-otherness/
Othello, the bold, brash, confident solider, and Desdemona, the Senator’s daughter, are truly in love – but not everyone is happy about it. And that is where the problem begins and tolerance ends. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s great tragedy, this is a modern, funny and inspired play by Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen (Henry the Fifth, The Hunting Lodge) that brings the story of Othello to life for younger audiences and reflects on the nature of relationships, friendships and how our flaws and feelings can blind us to the truth. Ticket Offers Preview prices 3 – 8 Feb, all tickets £10. Family and Friends Offer from 9 Feb – buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket) At the Unicorn Theatre By Ignace Cornelissen | Inspired by William Shakespeare | Directed by Ian Nicholson Find out more/ book tickets
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s second production at the Bridge Theatre promises to be action packed, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, leaders of the coup, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, who brings Rome back under control after the conspirators’ defeat. With seating wrapped around the action, there will also be 250 promenading tickets at £25 available in advance for each performance. The production designer is Bunny Christie, with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and music by Nick Powell. 20th January – 15th April Book Tickets Ticket Prices Seated tickets: £65, £50, £35, £25, £15 Standing Tickets: £25 (£15 Young Bridge Members) Reduced prices for previews and midweek matinees Premium tickets available Performance Schedule Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm & Sunday 3pm Length 2 hours (no interval) Additional Information Performances will contain flashing lights and gun shots
For the 14th season of award-winning, free, open-air theatre at The Scoop, Gods and Monsters present an epic, action packed production of one of the world’s greatest adventure stories. As part of London Bridge City Summer Festival: Theatre Season, THE ODYSSEY will show every Wednesday between 6PM – 9PM from 9th August – 3rd September. Join our hero as he battles sea monsters, sirens, storms, a cyclops and ancient Greek gods on his voyage home to the woman he loves. Spend an evening on this massive adventure this summer or watch the three acts over multiple days. The entire Odyssey is suitable for all ages with the 6pm show particularly geared towards younger audiences and those new to Ancient Greek myth. More information here.
Join The Ivy Tower Bridge on Tuesday 1st August for a special event; an aerialist will perform with a hot air balloon, right on the riverside outside the restaurant in Potters Fields Park. Pop by to enjoy the shows, on the hour from 12pm-8pm. The best social post will win dinner for two! Use the hashtags #ivyintheair #ivytowerbridge