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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Talking Heads; Riverside Reads

27 August, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

David Hare

DON’T miss Butterfly Theatre’s open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at three London city farms: Mudchute Park and Farm, Isle of Dogs tomorrow (Saturday); Oasis Farm, Waterloo (Sunday) and Freightliners Farm, Islington (Monday). Come and see the teenage lovers breaking lockdown curfew out in the paddock; Puck creating havoc and the key worker mechanicals as they attempt to hold the show together… all with the sounds of the animals as accompaniment. Don’t forget to bring blankets, cushions, sun hats and umbrellas. Freightliners Farm Bank Holiday shows are at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are £18/£13 and £49 for a family of four. All tickets can be booked via Eventbrite:

THE Bridge Theatre has announced a repertoire of 12 one-person plays to be staged during September and October, using the theatre’s flexible auditorium to provide around 250 socially distanced seats. Eight of the actors from the acclaimed series of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads made for BBC One will recreate their performances live on the Bridge stage. Three monologues – An Evening With An Immigrant, Quarter Life Crisis and Nine Lives – from Inua Ellams, Yolanda Mercy and Zodwa Nyoni will play alongside them. They open with David Hare’s passionate Beat the Devil about his own experience of the virus and the politics of its handling, performed by Ralph Fiennes. For further info and to book tickets visit:

RIVERSIDE Studios has announced a season of new plays and musicals premièring as part of “Riverside Reads”, a series of read-through events on the first Tuesday of every month that will also be streamed live online. Riverside Reads will be performed by stars from the West End and TV and give theatregoers the unique experience of a first read-through. Members of the audience – live and online – will be able to discuss the play with the playwright, actors, and director after the reading. The first play is The Last Broadcast by Carey Crim, featuring Sandra Dickinson as a prominent barrier-breaking US talk radio personality, whose family come to realise that she needs to go into social care, leading to a shocking family secret being discovered. 2pm incl post-show discussion September 1. £15 online for 28 days after purchase; £25 socially distanced seating at Riverside Studios. For tickets: 020 8237 1010

LAST chance to enter the Hope Theatre’s Monologue Writing Competition supported by the Arsenal Foundation’s Gunners Fund. They’re looking for written monologues between 10-15 minutes in length (no more than 2,000 words) inspired by the theme of Hope. Entries will be judged in three age categories, from 11-25 years, and the winning monologues will be filmed with professional actors and premiered online. Set yourself a challenge even if you’ve never written before. Deadline: September 15. For info and submission forms visit:


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