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The 2014 More London Free Festival at the Scoop

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EVERY summer, the award-winning business estate More London – on the Southbank opposite the Tower of London – organises a free outdoor festival which takes place at its sunken riverside amphitheatre, The Scoop.

Now in its twelfth year, the More London Free Festival runs from June 4 to September 26, 2014 and features a jam-packed programme of free music, dance, award-winning theatre, films and, this year for the first time, live tennis coverage from Wimbledon.

The 2014 More London Free Festival kicks off with a Street Party followed by a week of fringe theatre and opera plus sports fans can catch the tennis action during Wimbledon fortnight.

There’s a change to the Friday-night headliners in Free Music season as we say goodbye to the mighty AllStars Collective who, over 11 years, have built up such an enormous following that The Scoop can no longer accommodate them. However, fans can check out their live dates here.

Award-winning theatre group Gods and Monsters (previously known as Steam Industry Free Theatre) perform The Ring Cycle Plays in August and Free Film season has been extended from three to four weeks.

FULL SCHEDULE

FREE FRINGE – June 4 to June 21 – an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre and opera.

Week 1 kicks off with a 4-day Street Party (lunchtimes and evenings, Wednesday to Saturday) celebrating Latin and Caribbean food with Capoeira demonstrations, Samba and Salsa lessons and Brazilian dancers and bands.

Week 2 (Wednesday to Friday from 6:30pm) sees the return of critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company performing their delightfully inventive show The Pantaloons’ History of Britain packed with songs, sketches and silliness for all ages.

Week 3 (Wednesday to Friday from 6:30pm) The Merry Opera Company performs Kiss me, Figaro!, a romantic comedy that draws on classic favourites from opera and music theatre.

MORE LONDON WIMBLEDON FORTNIGHT – June 23 to July 6 – More London creates its very own urban Murray Mound at The Scoop. Full coverage of the Championship will be shown on an LCD screen for the whole Wimbledon fortnight.

FREE MUSIC – July 9 to July 25 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday lunchtime 12.30 – 2pm; evenings from 6:30pm – 9:30pm) – Three weeks of lunchtime acoustic music, and dance and excitement in the evenings from jazz, blues, pop, soul, reggae, Latin, lounge and choirs.

Week 1 opens with a lunchtime performance by Music in Offices including the Norton Rose Fulbright Choir who are More London residents and current Office Choir of the Year; Cocktail Nation serves up a jazz, Latin and Exotica infused lounge session; two lunchtime performances from Scotland’s best known female piper, Louise Marshall, who has performed for Her Majesty the Queen alongside British Soprano Lesley Garrett; showcases from Respect Music artists, including 18 year old rising star and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Hope Murphy; Ronnie Scott’s Rejects, the highly entertaining 6-piece band play jazz reminiscent of the 30s and 40s swing era plus a fun swing-dance lesson from the London Swing Dance Society.

Week 2 includes performances from Randolph Matthews who blends Jazz, soul and ethnic beatbox for a truly interactive performance; Brazilian songwriter Gui Tavares; young musicians from The Mayor’s Fund for Music and Cuttie Williams returns with Elements featuring some of London’s finest Reggae musicians with special guest, Julie Payne.

Week 3 includes MannningCamerata Presents Summer Voices featuring 40 minutes of unaccompanied vocals covering music from the past and present and the London Bulgarian Choir perform a repertoire of traditional and ancient Bulgarian songs. Festival regulars Pacifico Blues featuring legendary guitarist Chris Newland and Paul Pacifico on blues harp and guests complete Free Music season.

FREE THEATRE – August 6 to August 31 (Wednesday to Sunday) – The Scoop’s award-winning resident company Gods and Monsters Theatre presents The Ring Cycle Plays.

Devised by Phil Willmott and Mervyn Millar, produced by Suzanna Rosenthal and adapted from Richard Wagner’s librettos by Lisa Kuma, Wagner’s celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, presented on this occasion without the operatic scores, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics.

Join Gods and Monsters Theatre as they bring an extraordinary cast of gods, giants, nymphs, dwarfs and human characters to life, revealing how mortals and immortals fall under the spell of a powerful ring, possession of which brings the chaos and glory of absolute power.

The story unfolds over four hours interspersed with generous intervals and builds into an unforgettable, family friendly evening of mythical romance, comedy and drama. Catch them on different nights or see them all in one epic visit. 6pm – 6:45pm, The Rhine Gold; 7pm – 7:45pm, The Valkyrie; 8:30pm – 9:15pm, Siegfried; and 9:30pm – 10:15pm, Twilight of the Gods.

FREE FILM – September 3 to September 26 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:30pm) – Enjoy four weeks of open-air cinema featuring a mixture of current, classic and cult movies – rarely shown elsewhere.

Free Film season opens with the Spielberg classic Raiders of the Lost Arc, Steve Coogan’s Philomena and Ang Lee’s multi Oscar-winning Life of Pi.

The Truman Show starring Jim Carey opens week two, followed by the DreamWorks animation The Croods and an extraordinary performance by Robert Redford in All Is Lost.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, opens week three, followed by two 80s classics, The Goonies and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

The final week kicks off with the computer animated The LEGO Movie, followed by Ron Howard’s 2013 biographical sports drama Rush. Free Film season closes with the 1986 American coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick.

For more detailed listings visit www.morelondon.com/.

There’s no need to book, no ticket required, just turn up and take your seat.

Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.

Cushions are available for hire.

Bring your own picnic or buy hot or cold food and beverages from the many cafes at More London – the organisers request no glass please.

Pushchair and wheelchair accessible.

In the event of rain, the show may have to be cancelled. A cancellation decision will be made 30 minutes before the performance is due to start. Keep an eye on the @ScoopMoreLondon Twitter feed for updates!

The Scoop at More London reserves the right to refuse entry and to make last minute changes to the programme for reasons beyond its control.