Casting announced for shows at The Scoop
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Family - Festivals - Free events - Shows
London's Free Open Air Theatre has announced cast and crew for their new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, now in their 15th year at the outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop.
Image: Gods and Monsters Theatre
London's Free Open Air Theatre has announced the cast and crew for their new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur which will play at The Scoop from 8 August to 2 September.
The comnpany are now in their 15th year of presenting unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city - completely free of charge.
The cast, who perform in both shows, combine touring and West End experience with drama school graduates giving their debut performances.
Adrian Decosta (Arthur in King Arthur and Tin Man in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) has performed in the West End, as well as the National Theatre and with the RSC, while Emma Hoey (Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gawynn in King Arthur) makes her professional debut after graduating from Mountview.
They are joined by Sarah Agha (Homeland), Siobhan Cha (Autopsy: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes), Hadley Smith (Richard III, Swan Theatre), Tom Gordon (Pride and Prejudice, Courtyard Theatre Hereford), Henry Wyrley-Birch (Timothy, The Vaults), Eva Fontaine (After Orlando, Vibrant Festival), and PK Taylor, who performed in The Odyssey for London's Free Open Air Theatre last summer.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in an adaptation by Phil Willmott of the novel by Frank L Baum, will retell the beloved kids adventure story and undisputed American classic of how a little girl called Dorothy and her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion set off down The Yellow Brick Road to make their dreams come true.
Add a wicked witch, flying Monkeys, Munchkins and an eccentric wizard and you've got the perfect recipe for a tale that will thrill children under ten and anyone with a brain, a warm heart and a little courage.
Thereafter, for a thrilling new dramatisation of the story of King Arthur (adapted by Phil Wilmott) the company returns to the poetry, majesty and magic of Sir Thomas Malory's 1485 retelling of the epic story and focus on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight.
Exploring the nature of kingship, loyalty and honour, it's the captivating tale of an unlikely new king taught by the wizard Merlin to bravely live, love and rule with compassion.
We saw last year's show at The Scoop - read Peter Brown's review here.
Synopses and links to our full show listings are given below.
There's no need to book and entrance is completely free - all you need to do is turn up on the day you want to see either show and just find a seat!
This is an annual event of free theatre which proves very popular and is meant for anyone - whether you've ever been to the theatre or not.
And it's a great way to introduce children to live theatre.
Here's a feel for what to expect in this video about last year's show, The Odyssey ...
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Young Dorothy has been swept by a tornado, far from her Kansas home, to the magical land of Oz.
Only a mighty Wizard knows how she can get home but in exchange for the secret he demands she destroys the Wicked Witch of The West.
Aided by her dog Toto and their new Oz friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man and a cowardly lion, the team must find brains, hearts and courage to defeat the evil creature.
Packed with adventure, comedy and friendship and brought to vivid new life in a fresh, fun and fast moving production, our version of the Wizard of Oz is the perfect way to introduce youngsters to the joy of theatre going and live performance.
Arthur is chosen as the unlikely king of a mythical, medieval England.
Aided by the wizard Merlin and opposed by the ruthless enchantress, Morgan le Fay, he must unite a fractured kingdom.
He establishes a golden age leading a new breed of honourable brother-sister knights, who gather democratically around his famous round table.
But the idyllic peace and harmony is threatened by rivalry and unexpected betrayals of the heart, including the love of Arthur's queen, Guinevere for his best friend, Lancelot.
Drawing from the beautiful ancient text of Sir Thomas Malory's celebrated telling of the Camelot myths, Le Morte D'Artur, this romantic, action packed, dramatic account of King Arthur's reign will captivate anyone who appreciates the power of language, potent symbolism and an epic story, well told.
Writer: Phil Willmott
Director: Phil Willmott
Justin Murray - Associate Director
Set designer: Justin Williams & Jonny Rust
Lighting: Ben Jacobs
Sound: Theo Holloway
Sofi Berenger - Producer
Production: Gods and Monsters Theatre
Production photography: (c) Sheila Burnett
The Scoop at More London
London SE1 2DB
8 August to 2 September 2018
Free - no need to book, just turn up and watch!
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