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The Great Feast

A festival of language and song

 23 August – 22 September       SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE

In its day, Bartholomew Fair was one of London’s biggest summer fairs. To launch our production of Bartholomew Fair and continue our summer-long journey celebrating all that is wild and wonderful about our ‘sceptred isle’, we are holding The Great Feast, a four-week festival of language, laughter and song.

Starting on 25 August with the return of the ‘irresistible’ (The Times) and ‘fabulously unrestrained’ (The Guardian) Alehouse Sessions, our series of candlelit concerts will take us on an exhilarating journey through the past and present of folk traditions and song.

They have been at a great feast of languages,
and stol’n the scraps.

— Love’s Labour’s Lost Act V, scene 1

Bartholomew Fair

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is transformed into London’s most notorious fair this summer. Leave your morals at the door and lose yourself in our carnival of excess…

The Alehouse Sessions

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Two evenings of highly entertaining folk music, accompanied by anecdotes, humour and beer.

Songs of the People: Music from the English Radical Tradition

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A celebration of English songs of social protest from across the ages.

Clara Sanabras: A Hum About Mine Ears

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A musical reimagining of some of the key themes and ideas from The Tempest.