Steam Industry Free Theatre present FREE theatrical trilogy THE TROJAN WAR AND PEACE at The Scoop, London

Suzanna Rosenthal for Steam Industry Free Theatre presents 


a new three-part Oresteia
adapted from Aeschylus by Steam Industry Free Theatre

Director Phil Willmott
Movement Direction conceived by Javier de Frutos

6.30pm The Trojan Horse
Aimed at an early evening family audience, this is a lively retelling of how a bunch of plucky lads from Greece outsmart the might of the Trojan army with an unusual present; but will the right boy get the girl? Expect our trademark blend of toe-tapping songs, ingenious puppets, comedy and adventure. 

8.00pm Agamemnon
Beginning as twilight falls across the Scoop at More London, the gruesome and dramatic story of a hero's homecoming steeped in murder and revenge gradually unfolds. A great king is reunited with his queen but bitter memories bubble to the surface and recriminations are bloody and unexpected.

9.30pm Orestes
Darkness sees a new generation of royal turmoil as terrifying forces seek to plunge the great house deeper into destruction; but help is at hand as a new spirit of hope and justice brings our epic story to a thundering and uplifting climax.

Press night for all 3 shows is Saturday 7 July

To celebrate London 2012 and a decade of creating award-winning free theatre we present an extraordinary theatrical event to coincide with the Olympic events taking place across the river in East London. 

During July 2012 the beautiful open-air amphitheatre on the banks of the Thames will become home to a rare staging of the magnificent Oresteia trilogy - a three part epic drama charting Ancient Greece's journey from chaos and war to peace, justice and the harmony that inspired the Olympic ideal. Award-winning modern theatre talent will shape the centuries’ old text by Aeschylus into a gripping and entertaining retelling of The Trojan War and its legacy. Each play is an hour long and can be enjoyed separately or in sequence throughout the course of a single evening's spine tingling theatre. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of the greatest stories of world theatre.

Winner of a Peter Brook award for innovation, our free theatre season at the Scoop at More London is now firmly established as one of London’s annual theatre-going must-sees.

With performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays  from 5 July -  5 August, all three shows are performed by the same actors and you can see them all each night. There’s no need to book – just turn up and take a seat! And there’s room for 1,000 people at each performance. 

Phil Willmott (Artistic Director) is a multi-award winning director, artistic director and playwright and has created all 10 free theatre seasons in The Scoop at More London, including productions of the Ancient Greek classics Oedipus, Children of Hercules, Medea and Cylcops. He has worked in theatres across the world on everything from the classics, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing. 

Javier De Frutos (Movement Direction) is a maverick choreographer whose provocative work has included Cabaret, London Road and Death and the King’s Horseman. He has won an Olivier Award and received 3 further nominations, a South Bank Award (also being a South Bank Show subject), a Time Out Live Award and a Critics’ Circle Award. His acclaimed, sold-out Pet Shop Boys ballet The Most Incredible Thing won an Evening Standard Theatre Award and returns to Sadler’s Wells in March.


The Scoop 
More London Riverside
London SE1 2DB

Location: on the south 
bank of the Thames, 
between London Bridge 
and Tower Bridge 
next to City Hall  

Tubes: London Bridge 
or Tower Hill

This season is made possible due to the support of: More London and Ernst & Young, Team London Bridge and the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust

5 July - 5 August
Thursdays to Sundays

BSL interpreted performances on Saturday 21 July for The Trojan Horse and Thursday 26 July for Agamemnon and Orestes

Post show discussions after the shows on Sundays 8, 15, 22, 29 July