Theatres and coronavirus
From Monday 19 July, theatres in London are allowed to operate without capacity limits.
And all legal restrictions imposed by the government will be removed.
However, most theatres will still be following procedures such as electronic ticketing etc and may require masks to be worn.
Note that some performances have been cancelled where cast or staff have tested positive and need to isolate.
We advise checking theatre websites for the latest information and what you can expect when visiting.
Playing until 1 Aug 2021
Image courtesy East London Shakespeare Festival
The East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF) is a new festival and theatre event merging the contemporary culture of East London with the wonderful storytelling of Shakespeare's plays in outdoor parks and community spaces across East London.
Supported by Arts Council England, ELSF is launching with its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a riotous outdoor production of Shakespeare's most famous play, combining the wonderful storytelling of the Bard with a flavour of East London culture.
Pure, unadulterated escapism, with live music, showstopper numbers in lovely outdoor settings.
Background information, advisory warnings
Age suitability: Family friendly
This is not traditional outdoor Shakespeare - it is performed in non-theatrical community spaces, with community at its heart, seeking inspiration from the diverse cultures of East London.
ELSF aims to bring communities together in a joyful way following a period of isolation, giving some much- needed cultural respite in 'safe' outdoor settings.
With lots of participatory opportunities for local communities to get involved in.
A festival feel will be encouraged with gates opening an hour before the show, pre-show workshops, including flower and fairy garland-making and BYO picnics and the audience might even spot the odd festival fairy wandering around!
At each venue, the production will feature a community ensemble of local residents and is partnering with local performing arts college Big Creative and Leyton Orient Trust to provide placements and offer behind- the- scenes insight, support with creative career options & new skills for their students.
There are Pay-What-You-Can performances & school matinees.
Dates and venues:
Higham Hill Hub (Walthamstow) - 01 - 04 July
Lloyd Park, The Island (Walthamstow) - 08 - 11 July
Jubilee Park (Leyton) - 15 - 18 July
Wanstead Park (Redbridge/Epping) - 31 July - 01 Aug
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Performance days & times
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Katherine Hare
Designer: George Alexander
Movement: Sundeep Saini