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Iris Theatre announces their 6th annual summer season

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IRIS Theatre are bringing Shakespeare (Richard III) and family entertainment (Alice Through The Looking Glass) back to the gardens of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden for their 6th annual summer season of open-air theatre.

Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Winder, unveiling his 2014 season, said:

“With the recent discovery of Richard III’s skeleton under the tarmac of a Leicester car park, the story of Richard has never been more prominent in the public imagination. It is therefore a perfect time to present Shakespeare’s Richard III; one of his most beguiling and magnetic Kings.

“In our open-air production, England’s War of the Roses will be brought to one of London’s busiest public spaces, and our audiences will be drawn deep into the heart of this dark and dangerous conspiracy.”

Then in complete contrast, the company’s new family show, Alice Through The Looking Glass, will enter the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland in a production packed full of music and song.

Stepping through the surface of a magic mirror, the audience will join Alice on a journey across a checkerboard world filled with fantastical creatures and talking flowers, encountering friends, old and new including the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, the Lion and the Unicorn, and Tweedledum & Tweedledee. But Alice also has to face the fearsome Jabberwocky…

Alice Through The Looking Glass has been adapted by Daniel Winder and Candida Calidcot, the creators of 2013’s hit Alice in Wonderland.

Cast to be announced.


Richard III – Wednesday, June 25 to Friday, July 25, 2014.

Tickets: £18, £14 concessions.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes.

Alice Through The Looking Glass – Wednesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Tickets: £18, £14 concessions.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7pm, Thursday and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours.

Tickets for both productions are available in person on the door or online at