It’s been a long, hard winter, but better times are coming as Summer by the River returns to London Bridge City. Starting on 30 May 2022, it promises to revive weary workers, tourists and locals alike with three months of free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Running until 2 September, this year’s festival is bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier. At The Scoop, Art Deco inspired pop-up bar, The Riverside Terrace, will offer a little slice of South Beach complete with empanadas and piña coladas, while over at The Pier, Taqueria Garcia is bringing the heat with tacos and tequila. London’s largest free festival will celebrate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance), Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island), BBC Introducing (showcasing unsigned artists), Folk and Roots Stage (spotlighting grassroots music talent), Bunker (commissioned for the festival to bring to life WWII stories from local Southwark residents) and Swing Patrol (the well-known dance troupe). The opening week of the festival coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. London Bridge City is one of the Beacon locations, with its ceremonial lighting on Thursday kicking off proceedings. Over four days, the big screen in The Scoop will air all the official celebrations. Set against a backdrop of historic royal buildings, with entertainment including the Tower Ravens Rapper Sword Dancers, Lewis-Merthr brass band and a tea dance led by Swing Patrol, Summer By The River is the perfect place to mark the milestone. Heading into July, the festival will embrace another British institution – Wimbledon – with the screen in The Scoop showing all of the key matches. This is Summer by the River 2022… and you don’t want to miss a beat.
In a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre Sharp-witted, wilful and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination. But when his conscience forces him to take a hard line with a parishioner who wants Disney balloons at a family funeral, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for. Stephen Beresford’s very funny new play is a deeply humane exploration of family, faith, tradition and tolerance in a rapidly changing world. Three time Olivier winning, Alex Jennings makes his first appearance at The Bridge to lead this eagerly awaited return to the stage by a writer whose work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre and the BAFTA-winning Pride. Book here Ticket prices £15, £25, £39.50, £55, £65 Premium tickets £95 Reduced prices for midweek matinees Performance schedule Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm Length TBD, will include interval Access performances Audio Described: Saturday 30 July 2022, 2.30pm Captioned: Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7.30pm
THE HIT DIGITAL SHOW COMES TO THE STAGE By Justin Audibert Based on an original idea by Samuel Wyer and Justin Audibert Directed by Hannah Quigley 5 STARS THE PERFECT FAMILY SHOW TO GET YOUNGER CHILDREN TALKING AND EXPLORING! A Younger Theatre on the digital show We’re thrilled to announce that our hit digital show for ages 6 – 11 will be adapted for the Unicorn stage in summer 2022. Following the huge success of the digital show and a specially created stage version which toured to London Primary Schools in June 2021, we’re delighted to share this new stage adaptation of Marvin’s Binoculars at our London Bridge home. Marvin loves exploring all the parks around his home in London and finding birds, bugs and animals. On his ninth birthday he’s overjoyed – his very own pair of grown-up, pro binoculars! But then something terrible happens: he loses them, and to get them back, he must face the intimidating park warden. Join Marvin as he discovers wildlife and friendship in the most unlikely places. Touching on themes of racial prejudice, Marvin’s Binoculars is a highly engaging and vibrant show that will inspire children to explore the outdoors in their local green spaces. TICKET INFO £6 – £12 under 18s / £12 – £18 adults Previews 1 – 8 Jun: all tickets £8 under 18s / £10 adults More & tickets
WHEN YOU’RE LITTLE, GETTING DRESSED IS A REALLY BIG DEAL! In this energetic, warm and playfully physical show, we meet a young girl who is obsessed with her very favourite outfits, whatever the weather, despite what her Dad thinks. Get Dressed! is a riotous, fun and touching exploration of the relationship between a child and parent as they negotiate their world together. A play that speaks to children and adults equally, expressing the familiar joys and struggles of family life. TICKET INFO £12 – £14 under 18s / £18 – £20 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 28 May – 5 Jun) Previews 13 – 19 May: adults £12 / under 18s £10 We have been granted the Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely‘ mark, which certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. Read more about how we’re keeping you safe in the pandemic. Research and Development in partnership with Body & Soul.
A CHRISTMAS CRACKER OF A FAMILY SHOW! Written and adapted for the stage by Julian Clary Songs by Julian Clary and Simon Wallace Arrangements and incidental music by Simon Wallace Directed by Lee Lyford The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference… They’re hyenas! How long can they keep their beastly secret under their hats Join Mr and Mrs Bold, Betty and Bobby, as they navigate work, school and friends, all whilst trying to keep up their disguise. With live music, songs and adventures, this brand new Christmas show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. Book tickets and more info here.
Philip Pullman sets The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage twelve years before his epic His Dark Materials trilogy. Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others. Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe to direct a gripping adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Ticket prices Monday – Friday: £69.50, £55, £39.50, £25, £15 Saturdays and Christmas weeks (wc 20 & 27 Dec): £75, £57.50, £42.50, £25, £15 Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinées Premium tickets available Book here. Performance schedule Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm Schedule may vary over Christmas. On 14 December and 17 February the performance will begin at 7pm. On Thursday 17 February there will be a 2pm matinée.
Inspired by the book by Jonathan Swift By Lulu Raczka Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart Devised with the company This perfect family Easter show is an adventure-filled modern adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s surreal masterpiece. Lemuel Gulliver sails away to a world of strange islands and even stranger creatures – from the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput, to the giants of Brobdingnag, and the mysterious Houyhnhnms – and embarks upon an epic adventure of survival, unexpected friendship and self-discovery. Gulliver’s fantastical imaginings are vividly brought to life using video camera, intricate table-top sets and projection alongside live performance in this playful, funny and highly inventive show that uses Swift’s biting satire to explore reality and escapism, home and family, and the power of stories to transform our view of the world. Please note this show contains flashing light throughout. Originally programmed for March 2020, we’re delighted to present this show in 2022 following its cancellation due to the pandemic. Ages 7+ Tickets: £8 – £16 under 18s / £12 – £22 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 2 – 17 Apr) Find out more
“You cannot tame something so happily wild…” Created by How It Ended Based on the book by Emily Hughes Wild’s home is the forest. Bears teach her how to eat, birds help her to speak, and foxes show her how to play. She is irrepressibly wild. Then one day, some new animals arrive. They look oddly like her – and they want to take Wild away. But what if she was happy where she was? Adapted from the glorious picture book by artist Emily Hughes, Wild is brought to life by inventive young company How It Ended (The Little Gardener, UK tour). This energetic story, told with atmospheric sound, movement and puppetry, celebrates the free spirit in all of us. Originally programmed for March 2020, we’re delighted to present this show in 2022 following its cancellation due to the pandemic. Ages 2-6 Tickets: £12 – £14 under 18s / £12 – £20 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 2 – 17 Apr) Find out more.
Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children… Adapted by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials), the Unicorn Theatre presents a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast. Filmed at the Unicorn and aimed at ages 8 – 12, these short, vivid new readings are available to watch on our YouTube channel, for free, until 21 February 2021. Find out more
The Quay Players Musical Theatre is very excited to announce that their 2019 Christmas pantomime will be Cinderella, performing at the Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge on 19th to 21st December. Cinderella is the magical tale you all know with plenty of added high jinks and modern twists. Performances: Thursday 19th December 2019 – 7.30pm Friday 20th December 2019 – 7.30pm Saturday 21st December 2019 – 2.30pm Saturday 21st December 2019 – 7.30pm Tickets: https://quayplayers.org.uk/tickets