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The 10th More London Free Festival at The Scoop

The Trojan War and Peace

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The Scoop at More London – the stunning outdoor riverside amphitheatre overlooked by City Hall – celebrates its 10th anniversary of hosting the More London Free Festival.

From June 6 until September 28, 2012, visitors can enjoy a superb programme of fringe, award-winning Olympian-themed theatre, music and film screenings all completely free.

More London is the award-winning business estate on the South Bank of the Thames opposite The Tower of London.

Each year, More London hosts the More London Free Festival which takes place at The Scoop – a sunken, 1000-seater, riverside amphitheatre. There’s no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the show!

Performances include:

Fringe – June 6 to June 22 (start times vary): a showcase for up-and-coming and more experimental arts organisations.

Grassroots Shakespeare open this year’s festival with their unique production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; back by popular demand, The Pantaloons theatre company return with their anarchic take on Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Ernest; and Kit Hesketh-Harvey directs The Merry Opera Company with an updated version of La Traviata.

Theatre – July 5 to August 5 (6pm, 8pm and 9:30pm).

To celebrate a decade of creating award-winning free theatre at The Scoop at More London, Suzanna Rosenthal for Steam Industry Free Theatre presents a new free Oresteia to honour the Ancient Greek spirit of the Olympic Games.

This rare staging of the magnificent Oresteia trilogy is a three-part epic drama charting Ancient Greece’s journey from chaos and war to peace, justice and the harmony that inspired the Olympic ideal.

Adapted from Aeschylus by Steam Industry Free Theatre, it comprises The Trojan Horse (6pm), Agamemnon (8pm) and Orestes (9:30pm). Plays can be enjoyed individually or as a whole.

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Music – August 8 to August 31 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday lunchtime from 12.30 to 2pm; evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm).

It features the UK’s highest profile musical theatre song and dance troupe West End Kids, We Sing U Sing – a charity that believes singing can help to achieve improvements in self-esteem; London Gay Men’s Chorus; Ronnie Scott’s Rejects exploring the great show tunes of the 1930s and 40s including a fun swing-dance lesson…

…Michele Drees Tap Dance; state-of-the-art vocal harmony with Voxtet; talented musicians from the EMI Music Sound Foundation; Pacifico Blues Jam and the super-group of session musicians and singers The AllStars Collective will be headlining every Friday evening.

Film – September 12 to September 28 (from 7:30pm).

This is an inspirational mix of classic, cult and contemporary films – rarely shown elsewhere – screened every Wednesday to Friday over the three weeks. Films include:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, David Lean’s Great Expectations, Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, the mesmerising Walkabout, the award-winning documentary Senna, the Oscar-winning Oliver!, A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, cold-war spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring Gary Oldman and the multi-award winning West Side Story.

Cushions are available for hire and food and drink can be purchased at the entrance.

Full listings including performance dates and times can be found at

The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2DB (situated between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge on the South Bank of the Thames)