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18 July 2017

The Scoop - Free Theatre

Edited by Joe Alvarez

The Scoop is an outdoor amphitheatre situated on the south side of the River Thames near Tower Bridge in London, located underneath City Hall, providing seating for approximately 800 people. Designed by Townshend Landscape Architects, it is a venue used during the summer to show films, musical performances and theatre productions by such companies as The Steam Industry and The Pantaloons. In June 2008, films shown at The Scoop included The Dam BustersAtonement and Withnail and I. As of 2010, The Scoop has been used as a performance venue for eight years.

The Scoop at More London, next to City Hall, is a huge open air amphitheatre next to the Thames, making it an ideal al fresco venue for a Free Festival. The season runs throughout the summer and includes live music, sport - watching and partaking - theatre and film screenings. BBC Introducing In London, hosted by BBC radio London DJs including Gary Crowley, presents new music every Wednesday night showcasing unsigned, self-signed, new and emerging musical talent from all around the UK. July offers a month of live sport screenings, with Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics both on the line-up. The big screen is also used for films, ranging from cult classics such as Grease to Top Gun. August presents two theatre productions: Prince Ivan & The Grey Wolf and Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky. There's also free alfresco fitness classes, hosted by Third Space Gym, dance classes and the London Riviera for food and drink - think BBQ pulled pork, smokey chicken, grilled halloumi, fresh lime and slaw salads and spicey charred chicken wings.