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The Scoop at More London Free Festival

The Pantaloons' Macbeth

Event preview

THIS summer, The Scoop at More London Free Festival is presenting an impressive programme of free public arts performances, including not only award-winning theatre and film but also music.

The festival, which runs from June 2 to October 1, 2010, takes place at The Scoop at More London, a sunken, 1000-seater, riverside amphitheatre on the South Bank with stunning views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

More London Free Festival – Fringe – June 2 to June 25.

Week 1

The Pantaloons perform Macbeth

Returning from war, Macbeth meets three witches who tell him he will one day become King of Scotland. Goaded by his devious wife, Macbeth kills King Duncan and the prophecy is fulfilled… But will the killing end there? What will the witches next prophecy be?

The critically acclaimed touring company put a fun-filled twist on Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness and murder with live music, audience interaction, puppetry and plenty of fast-paced fun for the whole family.

Macbeth follows the success of last year’s Romeo and Juliet.

Dates and times: June 2, 3 and 4 at 6pm; June 5 and 6 at 2.30pm and 6pm.

Week 2 – Choirs

Singology presents Everybody Dance! – June 9 at 7pm.

Described as ‘infectious’, ‘emotionally uplifting’, and ‘extremely enjoyable’, the Singology Gospel Choir will have you dancing in the aisles and singing all the way home with their fresh take on gospel favourites such as Oh Happy Day, soul classics like Say A Lil’ Prayer and urban contemporary gospel offerings like Looking For you.

Norton Rose Choir – June 10 at 7pm.

Be uplifted by a thoroughly fun and enjoyable performance by a ‘home grown’ choir from More London Estate. The Norton Rose Choir, established in June 2009 by the law firm Norton Rose, has recently enjoyed success in the Music in Offices Office Choir of the Year competition and is delighted to be performing at this year’s Festival.

London Gay Men’s Chorus – June 11 at 7pm.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus returns to The Scoop at More London to preview their new show The Seven Deadly Sins. From Verdi’s Dies Irae and La Traviata, to Jacques Brel’s Carousel, The Pet Shop Boys’ It’s a Sin and Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More Time, this promises to be a musical spectacular of gargantuan proportions. From More London to the Roundhouse, the boys are then off to Warsaw in July to perform in the Headline Concert for Europride in Poland.

Week 3

Palladini Productions present I’m a Londoner – June 16, 17 and 18 at 7pm.

So you think you know London – but do you? I’m a Londoner explores eight characters and eight fantastic stories of the eclectic and electrifying capital city! Set in a park in the heart of London, this comedy explores the relationships between ‘Londoners’ and the beautiful vibrancy that’s created from the clashes and capitulations between cultures.

Week 4

Unexpected Opera Company present Offenbach’s Orpheus Down Under, adapted from Orpheus in the Underworld – June 23, 24 and 25 at 7pm.

How will Eurydice escape the suburbs and her intolerable husband, Orpheus? What’s it like to go down under with the King of the Underworld? Can Team Olympus out-do themselves? And is the barbecue sauce on Bondi beach really better than ambrosia?

Offenbach’s delightfully disrespectful tale loses none of its pith and verve in this uproarious updating. A couple on the verge of divorce becomes entangled with the Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology, who are themselves embroiled in international competition as ‘Team Olympus.’

Full of charming songs and witty dialogue, it’s performed by a cast of 12 and live musicians. Enjoy a global romp with the opera that introduced the world to the can-can!

More London Free Festival – Music – June 30 to July 23

Showcasing a huge variety of musical talent in the open-air amphitheatre, there’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s taste.

It takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtime (12.30pm – 2pm) and evening (6.30pm – 9.30pm).

Full music programme

Free films

Theatre programme