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1pm (29 Sep, 12 Oct), 2pm (12 Oct), 6.30pm (15, 22 Sep), 7.30pm (14, 17, 18, 20, 28 Sep, 5 Oct)
 
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£15-£39, standing £5, disabled £7.50-£19.50, under 18s £12-£36, family £110-£135
 

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This modern take on Euripides' The Bacchae at the Globe combines cross-dressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth - all told with a Shakespearian disregard for the usual conventions of time and place. The Lightning Child sees writer Che Walker and director Matthew Dunster reunited after their inventive and anarchic 2008 production, The Frontline, described invariably as "life-affirming" (Time Out) and "superbly orchestrated" (The Times). In ancient Thebes - or is it contemporary London? - worshippers gather to join the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Only the disapproving, woman-hating Pentheus seeks to put a stop to the fun. Elsewhere, in this ancient/modern city, the addicts Drax and Shug and the musician Louise and her flatmate Antonia are drawn towards their own forms of retribution. Fans of Doctor Who will be interested in seeing Arthur Darvill's name on the credits: 'Rory', the annoying companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and husband of 'Amy Pond', indeed wrote the music for this intriguing play - which contains filthy language and strong content.

 

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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £64  38% off
71-79 Southwark Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
This hotel in the Bankside area, just a five minute walk from London Bridge Tube station and Borough Market, offers good value for money. Walk from ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn Express London Southwark
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £67  35% off
103-109 Southwark Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Lightning Child
Located in the bustling heart of London's arts scene, with the capital's finest theatres, concert halls and cinemas just a short stroll away, this is a ... More
 
 
 
Hilton London Bankside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £87  28% off
2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ... More
 
 
 
 
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Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Nordic Art And Its Discontents
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 25th to 31st May 2016
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Measure For Measure
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 25th to 29th May 2016 - Various Times
Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
Heady Conduct stages Shakespeare's dramatic tragi-comedy set in a Vienna ravaged by immorality and twisted desire....More
 
 
 
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
This replica of the Shakespeare's 16th century theatre, reconstructed just 200 yards from its original site, is the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. ... More
 
 
 
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The Sam Wanamaker Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
For the first time since it opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has the facilities to present plays throughout the year at The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, a ... More
 
 
 
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Rose Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
56 Park Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
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London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
River Thames, City, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
A dramatic new development at the Tate Modern opens in the summer of 2012 as three 30x7 metre oil tanks display art in live form. The ... More
 
 
 
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
10 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Lightning Child
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This ... More
 
 
 
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The Wine Pantry
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
1 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
The only wine shop in the world selling nothing but English wine, The Wine Pantry in Borough Market offers customers something quite unique. It may come ... More
 
 
 
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Borough Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
Nestled in-between Borough High Street, Bedale Street, Stoney Street and Winchester Walk lives "London's Larder", more formally known as Borough Market. This gourmand's delight is London's ... More
 
 
 
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Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
Cheek by jowl with Shakespeare's Globe, Swan bar and restaurant benefits from a wonderful riverside location with stunning views ... More
 
 
 
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Tas Pide
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
20-22 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Lightning Child
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London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
20-22 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Lightning Child
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4th Floor, Marathon House, 115 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Cannons Health Club and Spa
London > Leisure > Fitness
Cousin Lane, City, London EC4R | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
Cannons Health Clubs are a growing collection of private members' health clubs focusing on adult and family orientated health, fitness and relaxation facilities. They offer the ... More
 
 
 
Cannons Health Club & Spa
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Cousin Lane, City, London EC4R | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Wheatsheaf
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More
 
 
 
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Charles Dickens
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
160 Union Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
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National Trust: George Inn, The George Inn Yard
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Borough High Street, Southwark, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Lightning Child
Dating back to 1676 this is the only original galleried inn left in London. Borough High Street was once crammed full of old coaching inns, providing accommodation ... More
 
 
 
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Stew Lane, High Timber Street, City, London EC4V | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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Viva Verdi
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
6 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
Located just behind the Tate Modern is the delightful wine bar Viva Verdi where the prosciutto is served with piles of Palma ham, just like in ... More
 
 
 
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Vinopolis Wine Wharf
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
Their extensive wine list is a veritable treat for connoisseurs and aspiring novices alike; there are 100 wines available by the glass and over 300 wines, ... More
 
 
 
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Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of ... More
 
 
 
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London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
This conference and event venue caters for between 10 and 1250 guests. Ideal for dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, product launches & AGMs. ... More
 
 
 
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Skinners' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, City, London EC4R | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
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The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew The second production in Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe will be The Taming of the Shrew , directed by Gate Theatre associate Caroline Byrne. With recent credits including F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC), Caroline will now take on the classic comedy which tell2016-05-27T00:00:00+01002016-08-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Ongoing

event > Theatre > Shakespearean productions
PRICING  From £5
DATES  13th May to 6th August 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
The second production in Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe will be The Taming of the Shrew , directed by Gate Theatre associate Caroline Byrne. With recent credits including F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC), Caroline will now take on the classic comedy which tell... More about this event
A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream Emma Rice's first season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe commences with a new production of the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream . The 2016 Wonder season is the first after Dominic Dromgoole's departure and will see Rice attempt to get a gender-balanced stage at the Globe. She stated "If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare, so2016-05-27T00:00:00+01002016-09-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Ongoing

event > Theatre > Shakespearean productions
PRICING  From £5
DATES  30th April to 11th September 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
Emma Rice's first season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe commences with a new production of the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream . The 2016 Wonder season is the first after Dominic Dromgoole's departure and will see Rice attempt to get a gender-balanced stage at the Globe. She stated "If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare, so... More about this event
 
The Flying Lovers Of VitebskThe Flying Lovers Of VitebskEmma Rice directs Daniel Jamieson's tale of the artist Marc and his wife Bella Chagall as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other, featuring music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.2016-06-16T20:00:00+01002016-07-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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MacbethMacbeth Iqbal Khan directs a new production of Macbeth at the Globe in 2016, reviving the story of Shakespeare's most brutal creation. The Scottish play sees Macbeth and Lady Macbeth embark upon a murderous journey of power, treachery, paranoia and suicide after he is informed by three sisters that he is fated to be King of Scotland. An acclaimed ope2016-06-18T00:00:00+01002016-10-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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event > Theatre > Shakespearean productions
PRICING  From £5
DATES  18th June to 1st October 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
Iqbal Khan directs a new production of Macbeth at the Globe in 2016, reviving the story of Shakespeare's most brutal creation. The Scottish play sees Macbeth and Lady Macbeth embark upon a murderous journey of power, treachery, paranoia and suicide after he is informed by three sisters that he is fated to be King of Scotland. An acclaimed ope... More about this event
Camille O'SullivanCamille O'SullivanThe Dublin-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has impressed audiences worldwide with dramatic interpretations of Nick Cave and Radiohead tracks, presents her original and intense brand of alternative rock and baroque pop.2016-07-11T20:00:00+01002016-07-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Camille O'Sullivan
Becca StevensBecca StevensThis singer and guitarist from North Carolina, mixes folk, jazz and pop into her original material.2016-07-18T20:00:00+01002016-07-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Becca Stevens
Flo Morrissey, Billie Marten And Rachel SermanniFlo Morrissey, Billie Marten And Rachel SermanniFolk singer-songwriter from London with the singer-songwriter from Yorkshire and the folk-noir balladeer from the Scottish Highlands.2016-07-25T20:00:00+01002016-07-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
Category: event
 
Flo Morrissey, Billie Marten And Rachel Sermanni
GwennoGwennoThe Welsh singer and sound artist, who was formerly the front-woman of Pipettes, plays electro-pop and folk.2016-08-01T20:00:00+01002016-08-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Gwenno
946 - The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips946 - The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Shakespeare's Globe brings Emma Rice's triumphant Kneehigh family show, 946 , to London for the first time in 2016 as part of Rice's inaugural season as Artistic Director. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 is based in Slapton Sands, Devon in 1944 and explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day l2016-08-11T00:00:00+01002016-09-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  From £5
DATES  11th August to 11th September 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
Shakespeare's Globe brings Emma Rice's triumphant Kneehigh family show, 946 , to London for the first time in 2016 as part of Rice's inaugural season as Artistic Director. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 is based in Slapton Sands, Devon in 1944 and explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day l... More about this event
Proms At: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's GlobeProms At: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's GlobeA celebration of Restoration theatre music, directed by Jonathan Cohen who leads his ensemble Arcangelo to perform works by Purcell, Blow, Locke and Draghi.2016-08-13T15:00:00+01002016-08-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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Proms At: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe
 

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The Threepenny Opera
Theatre | Until 1st September 2016 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 9 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

Rufus Norris directs Rory Kinnear as the notorious London criminal and cutthroat Macheath in Simon Stephens' darkly comic translation of ...More

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Theatre | Until 2nd June 2016 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 9 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

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Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

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Foodie Events | Until 30th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this summer to add some spice to this ...More

 
Asian Dub Foundation
Concerts | On 27th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

The group who originate from London performs its melange of reggae, rock and world influences, mixed with electronica. With support ...More

Sarah Sarhandi: Both Universe
Concerts | On 27th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

The London-based, British-Pakistani violist explores her mixed heritage through music, dance and visuals....More

Across, Not Over
Dance | Until 29th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

Chennai-based choreographer and dancer Preethi Athreya collaborates with soloist Vikram Iyengar to create a simple, focused piece that questions ideas ...More

Alchemy
Alchemy
Exhibitions | Until 30th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2016, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become ...More

 
International Shakespeare Panel
Exhibitions | On 27th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

A discussion exploring how Shakespeare's plays are altered when translated....More

Omar Shahid Hamid & Vaseem Khan: Criminally Good Crime Fiction
Exhibitions | On 27th May 2016 

Southbank Centre 11 minutes walk from The Lightning Child

The novelists discuss their fascination with crime....More

 
 
 
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