English National Opera and the Unicorn join forces for the very first time to create a new production of Purcell’s powerful and emotional masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, for teenagers and adults. Belinda is the only child of Dido. A teenager like any other, in any big city. The audience watch through her eyes as her mother – heroine, feminist icon, modern parent – slowly starts to fall apart, with tragic consequences. Directed by the Unicorn’s former Artistic Director Purni Morell and conducted by ENO’s Valentina Peleggi, this contemporary production will be an incredible first experience for some, and for others a chance to see a familiar and much-loved opera in a new light. Sung in English. Book tickets
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Looking for a fun-filled day out in the capital that the whole family can enjoy this Easter? Check out these 5 family-friendly activities in London Bridge… 1. Take part in London’s Highest Easter Egg Hunt Ascend The Shard to spot the giant Easter Eggs that have been hidden in key locations around London’s skyline. Family friendly games and a visit from the Easter Bunny will keep the kids entertained, giving the adults time to relax and appreciate the breath-taking views of the city. Find out more > 2. Catch a show at The Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn Theatre are welcoming some old favourites back for holidays, including The Polar Bears, Go, Go, Go! and The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens. Check out their free Up Club arts and crafts sessions each Saturday for show-themed workshops. Find out more > 3. Climb aboard the HMS Belfast Explore the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, HMS Belfast and see what life was like aboard this floating city as you weave your way through the bowels of the ship and climb up and down ladders across all 9 decks. Find out more > 4. Follow the family trail at Tower Bridge Visit Tower Bridge’s breath-taking high level Walkways and atmospheric Victorian Engine Rooms, whilst discovering fascinating facts using their handy interactive app, designed especially for families. Find out more > 5. Stop off for a bite at One Tower Bridge After all that excitement, refreshments are in order! Discover a selection of family-friendly restaurants at One Tower Bridge, including The Coal Shed, where all children under 7 eat for free this half-term and Temakinho, where take-away options are available to enjoy as a picnic on Potters Fields Park. Find out more >
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up a host of leading ladies. As well as their achievements shaping London Bridge as it is today, their influence transcends postcodes, cities, and even continents. They’ve motivated change in fields including nursing, fair-trade, fashion and LGBT rights: meet the Inspirational women of London Bridge… 1. Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, RDI, Fashion Designer Zandra’s early textile designs were considered too outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers, so, she decided to make dresses from her own fabrics, pioneering the very special use of printed textiles as an intrinsic part of the garments she created. She has been Commander of the British Empire since 1997 (in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles) and has nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in both the UK and USA. Zandra set up the Fashion and Textile Museum here in London Bridge in 2003. Painted in her trademark pink and orange, you can’t miss the stunning Bermondsey Street landmark. 2. Sophi Tranchell MBE, CEO of Divine Chocolate Sophi Tranchell, winner of Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year (the most prestigious international award for social innovation!) is the CEO of London Bridge-based fair-trade chocolate company, Divine Chocolate. She has led this innovative company since 1999, from a team of 4 to the international £12.6m company it is today. The company’s unique business model – which gives cocoa farmers the biggest share, and seats on the Board, in addition to the benefits from Fairtrade – has become a leading example of what is possible both in the Fairtrade movement and of a social enterprise reaching international scale in a highly competitive sector. Quote – BBC News 3. Florence Nightingale OM, RRC, Founder of Modern Nursing The Lady with the Lamp’s pioneering work during the Crimean war lead to revolutionary progression in the field of medical care for soldiers. Florence Nightingale became involved with St Thomas’s Hospital in London Bridge in 1859. Florence helped establish numerous nursing organizations throughout the remainder of her life and received a hoard of awards for her work, including the German order of the Cross of Merit and the French gold medal of Secours aux Blessés Militaires. 4. Amy Lamé Night Czar at London City Hall Amy Lamé was appointed by The Mayor as London’s first Night Czar in 2016. The comedian and broadcaster has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie. Amy also co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She’s made a priority tackling sexual assault against women on public transport, and boosting the safety of women on nights out. Quote – Evening Standard 5. Kerry Taylor Founder of Kerry Taylor Auctions Kerry Taylor joined renowned auction house Sotheby’s in 1979 and rapidly rose through the ranks to become the youngest auctioneer in the company’s history at just 21. In 2003 she left to set up her own auction business, specialising in fashion and textiles. Since leaving Sotheby’s Kerry’s unrivalled expertise, passion and experience have led her business (Kerry Taylor Auction’s based locally on Long Lane) to be regarded as the world’s leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles. Quote – Modcloth Blog 6. Caryl Jenner – Founder of the Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn Theatre was founded by Caryl Jenner as a touring company in 1947 with a commitment to giving children a valuable and often first ever experience of quality theatre, and a philosophy that ‘the best of theatre for children should be judged on the same high standards of writing, directing, acting and design as the best of adult theatre‘. Today, the Unicorn is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre.
The Unicorn Theatre invites you to join the two very loveable but slightly hapless Polar Bears on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? Have your ticket ready, find your seat, fasten your seatbelt and anchors aweigh – take off and go, go, go! The Polar Bears return to the Unicorn following the hit shows The Polar Bears Go Wild (2015) and The Polar Bears Go Up (2016). The pair create smart, sharply observed comic performances for our youngest audiences. Find out more
The Unicorn Theatre introduces their first production of 2019; Icarus. “WHERE THE WATER ENDS AND THE SKY BEGINS, THAT’S WHERE I’LL FLY.” By Katrin Lange Translated by Purni Morell Directed by Cressida Brown His family is falling apart and he feels powerless to help. His father is far away across the sea, forced to work for the tyrannical King Minos, and is unable to return. Icarus makes a decision: it’s time to take control of their fate. But what can one boy do against injustice? Can he save his family or will he crash and burn? With epic storytelling and spectacular stagecraft, Icarus is a modern, fun and adventure-filled retelling of the ancient myth. Tickets
Coming to the Unicorn Theatre from November 13th 2018; the most delicious selection of Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for Christmas. Enter a world of powerful witches, enchanted forest creatures, careless parents and fearless children as they embark on adventures full of magic, gore, friendship, and bravery. But beware, these gleefully dark and much-loved tales won’t be quite what you expect… Book Tickets
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this April in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Harlot Supper Club | 13th & 14th April | Spianata Bakery Join The Elmore Jam at Spianata Bakery for a special Harlot Supper Club showcasing Zac Whittle’s seasonal five course menu. Complete with a jazz trio playing all night long, The Elmore Jam strive to make their events very lively and sociable for all; expect a Negroni on arrival, snacks, nibbles and dancing! Tickets £49.50 Beatriz Mihazes Rio Azul | From 18th April | White Cube Bermondsey White Cube Bermondsey present a large-scale exhibition of works by Beatriz Milhazes. This exhibition foregrounds Milhazes’ explorations in a variety of media including painting, installation, sculpture and collage and her first ever tapestry: a unique, major work created especially for the show. Free Entry 5 Easy Pieces | 27th – 28th April | Unicorn Theatre Since 2012, the Unicorn has programmed a strand of work for adults that invites us to think about how children experience our society. This year’s show by highly regarded and controversial Swiss director, Milo Rau, deals with some of our greatest fears and taboos. In Five Easy Pieces, seven children aged 9 – 14 recreate the interviews and statements of those affected by Marc Dutroux, Belgium’s notorious serial killer. Book Tickets Hiver Spring Party | 6th April | Hiver Beers Arch Spring is upon us along with the arrival of flowers in bloom and bees a-buzzing, Hiver Beers will be celebrating the first of their limited edition seasonal beers; The Honey Gose. Join them at the Hiver arch, (just past Maltby St Market) for a Spring party with live music, street-food and workshops. Free tickets A Political History of the Human Corpse | 26th April | The Old Operating Theatre The Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret hosts a talk by author Ruth Richardson on the topic of death and the body in 19th century England. Ruth analyses the subject drawing on many disciplines to explore the fundamental issues of folklore and science, life and death and the political struggles surrounding ownership of the body in the 19th century. Tickets £8 – £10 More in April 3rd April – Meerlust & Rustenberg – A Taste Off – Vivat Bacchus 6th April – Cool Crochet with Katie Jones – Fashion & Textile Museum 8th April – Kamiak Marching Band Performance – London Bridge City Until 8th April – Eddie Peake Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey 10th April – VB’s, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 12th April – Paint a T-Shirt with Sarah Campbell – Fashion & Textile Museum From 14th April – Time to See Photography Exhibtion – London Bridge CIty Until 15th April – Join the Fiesta – The View from the Shard Until 15th April – Julius Caesar – The Bridge Theatre Until 15th April – Harvey Daniels Watercolours – Eames Fine Art Until 15th April – Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre From 19th April – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 19th April – BoshFest at Borough – Borough Market 21st April – Family Activity, Bobbing Boats – Tower Bridge 24th April – St Andrew’s Cathedral School Choir Performance – London Bridge City From 25th April – Sencational – Unicorn Theatre Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout April T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – Fashion & Textile Museum The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition
The Unicorn Theatre’s one and two day workshops are back for the Easter holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family. Choose from dance, circus, drama, puppetry and more, learn new skills and make new friends. Suitable for ages 7-13. Moving and Grooving: Dance and Movement Workshop A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary, disco, street, Bollywood and more. Tue 3 Apr | Ages 7 – 11 BOOK NOW > Shake, Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement Two Day Workshop A two-day workshop exploring the world of dance, circus movement and performance. Wed 4 – Thu 5 Apr | Ages 9 – 13 BOOK NOW > Shadow, Glove & Strings: Puppetry Workshop A one-day workshop exploring the imaginative possibilities of puppetry. This workshop is the same on both days. Fri 6 Apr & Sat 7 Apr | Ages 7 – 12 BOOK NOW > Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Price: £55 per child / 2 day workshops £100 per child
Eddie Peake at White Cube Bermondsey – Throughout February This exhibition, Peake’s fourth with the gallery, includes new sculpture, painting, sound work and performance presented in an immersive and constructed environment. Peake will be present in the gallery space throughout the exhibition, following a scheduled daily routine. Moving between various constructed spaces which include a private office and a triangular cell-like structure, accessible only by a tall ladder. The artist ‘plays’ himself, both offering up and dismantling the narrative of artistic ego, fictional protagonist and ‘real’ self. Seesaw at the Unicorn Theatre – Throughout February This Unicorn Theatre production explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. You can save 20% on all half term performances (excluding 14 Feb 1.30pm) using your London Bridge DealCard. Half Term with Thames Clippers – 10th – 25th February Hop on board at London Bridge Pier and take to the river this half term with MBNA Thames Clippers. Enjoy seeing the iconic sights of the capital as you cruise under Tower Bridge and make your way along the Thames. Travel this halfterm to take advantage of family discounts, activity booklets and exclusive kids lunchboxes. Valentine’s in London Bridge – Throughout February While the classic combination of red roses and a champagne dinner is nothing to be sniffed at, some may say this tradition has had it’s day. For a little variety this Valentine’s, we’ve prepared our pick of counter conventional activities in London Bridge (partner optional!). Family Experience – The View from The Shard – 10th – 25th February Every family experience booked between 10-25 February will receive a free goody bag worth over £20! Kids and grown up’s can take on ‘The Slide’ in an adrenaline-fuelled 360-degree virtual reality experience that swoops and slides through the city’s skyline. The hair-raising journey will take them on an extreme multi-sensory journey where The Shard becomes a helter-skelter! Adults can enjoy a tipple from London’s highest champagne bar as the sun sets over the city’s skyline 800ft above the capital at London’s highest vantage point – and with views of up to 40 miles, there is no better way to entertain the kids this half term! More events in London Bridge this January… 10th February – Valentine’s Open House – Eames Fine Art 12th February – Half Term with MBNA Thames Clippers – Thames Clippers 13th February – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 13th February – Pancake Day Race – Borough Market 13th February – London Bridge Farmer’s Market Pancake Race – London Bridge Farmer’s Market 14th February – Freaks Film Night – The Old Operating Theatre 14th February – Valentine’s at The Coal Shed – The Coal Shed 14th February – Celebrate Valentine’s at Melior St – Melior St. 16th February – Love Crochet with Katie – Fashion & Textile Museum 22nd February – Refuge Britain: Designers at Work – Fashion & Textile Museum 25th February – Bread Ahead’s Real Bread Week Celebration – Borough Market 26th February – Cheese at London Bridge – Vivat Bacchus 28th February – DTI Export Hub – South Bank Until 24th February – UAL Olympus Photography Award 2018 – Bermondsey Project Space Until 25th February – Dimensions – Eames Fine Art Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout February – He Xiangu Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey Throughout February – Othello – Unicorn Theatre Throughout February – The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Throughout February – Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast Throughout February – A Tale of Two Southwark’s Exhibition – Roast Throughout February – Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition
Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It’s much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. DEALCARD OFFER: Save 20% on all half term performances (excluding 14 Feb 1.30pm) using promocode TLB20 when booking online, in person or calling our Box Office on 0207 645 0560. Tickets usually £10 – £12 (under 18s) and £16 – £18 (adults).