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More Music, Entertainment, Plays, and Films at More London
London's very own contemporary amphitheatre, the Scoop, is located close to City Hall and the Thames. The seating may be hard and concrete and our summers may be unreliable, but you can be sure that there will be no shortage of different genres of free entertainment over this summer.
More London at the Scoop (Image Courtesy of Benj Roberts - wikimedia commons)
The More London season has already kicked off. If you're an early riser and like to keep yourself fit, you can spend an hour every Wednesday morning from 7.30 practising body weight exercises, calisthenics and weight training.
However if you prefer the less active approach, other events include the Merry Opera Company on 26, 27 and 28 June performing Kit Hesketh-Harvey's pantomime opera of The Magic Flute. The production starts at 6.30 each evening.
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout July will feature an eclectic mix of music at lunchtimes and evenings: choral, blues, swing, soul and funk, Gospel, percussion and jazz. That sounds like something for everybody, and it's all free as well. Artists lined up include the Pandemonium Drummers from last year's 2012 Olympics and Funk Republic.
Pandemonium Drummers (Image Courtesy of pandemoniumdrummers.co.uk)
Funk Republic (Image Courtesy of funkrepublic.co.uk)
The same three days throughout August will be home to the Free Open Air Theatre Season. The two productions this year hark back to ancient Greece. The Prince of Thebes is a magical version of the story of Oedipus that uses puppetry, comedy, music and adventure in attempt to appeal to a younger audience and introduce them to the Sophoclean hero. The grown-ups will have their chance to sit on concrete as darkness falls over London and watch the downfall of a noble family.
The More London 2013 season winds up with open air cinema over the same three nights between 11 and 27 September. Cult, classic, contemporary: you choose which films you would like to see for nothing. Will it be 007, Hitchcock, a western, a musical or a contemporary European offering?
The Scoop at More London (Image Courtesy of Son of Groucho - wikimedia commons)
Everything at More London is free, so just turn up, select your patch of hard seating and settle down to be entertained.