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The 11th anniversary of Free Theatre at The Scoop

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THIS YEAR is the 11th anniversary of London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season in the The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) on the banks of the River Thames. Running from August 7 to September 1, 2013, performances take place from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Winner of a Peter Brook award for innovation, this season of completely free theatre is now firmly established as one of London’s annual theatre-going must-sees.

For 2013, Suzanna Rosenthal for London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season is presenting The Thebans Season, directed by Phil Willmott.

Also written by Phil Willmott, Prince of Thebes (6pm) is aimed at a family audience and those encountering Oedipus for the first time.

With its irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry, Prince of Thebes introduces the young Prince as he thwarts magical and mortal enemies in his quest to lift an evil spell.

A little later, as twilight gathers, older audiences are invited to discover the terrible fate of the adult Oedipus and his children in a vivid new production combining two masterpieces by Sophocles – Oedipus and Antigone (8pm).

Chronicling the downfall of the Theban Royal family, this epic story of a proud father and daughter battling the gods for survival echoes down the centuries and asks us to consider the role destiny plays in all our lives.

Oedipus and Antigone are presented in a new translation by Lisa Kuma.

The cast includes Lucy Cudden, Robert Donald, Samantha Lawson, Philip Scott-Wallace, Anthony Topham, Charlotte Whitaker, Joseph Wicks and Phil Willmott.

Set and costume design is by Philip Lindley, lighting design by Miguel Figueiredo and sound design by Theo Holloway, who also composes. Movement Director is Racky Plews.

NB: There’s no need to book – just turn up and take a seat! There’s room for 1,000 people at each performance.

STAGETEXT Captioned performance of both shows: August 22.

Post show chats: August 11, 15, 25 and 29.

The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2DB