Bartholomew Fair

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
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It may have been shut down by the authorities nearly 200 years ago, but this summer we’re re-opening the doors to the most notorious fair in town. As we snuff out the candles, open the windows, and let in the replicated daylight, prepare yourselves for a radical reimagining of our Sam Wanamaker playhouse as Ben Johnson’s kaleidoscopic Bartholomew Fair brings the sights and smells of modern day London to life.

Expect an excess of drink, a distinct lack of morals and a whole heap of sin amongst the fair’s resident butchers, pimps and pickpockets.

Come on in for all your dark, depraved and dishonourable needs. Just don’t expect to go unnoticed…

The drunkards they are wading, The punks and chapmen trading…

— Act II, scene 1

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Tickets

Fixed Position Standing: £10
Seated: from £20

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online

Running time: approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 15 minute interval

Please note this production contains scenes of a disturbing nature

Part of the Summer Season 

Part of The Great Feast

Photography credit ©  Portobello Road, circa 1950. © bridgetbishop.co.uk

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Theatre dining

Enjoy stunning riverside views with seasonal pre- & post-theatre dining menus in our Restaurant.

REVIEWS

★★★★

‘The talented cast shines throughout the show’

The Upcoming

★★★★

‘A rollicking production that goes all-out’

Broadway World

‘The joy of the thing is the rude, eccentric sprawl of life it presents’

Time Out

‘Pulses with energy and wraps the audience in the action’

Financial Times

‘The cast […] are uniformly terrific’

The Arts Desk

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

BARTHOLOMEW FAIR: IN REHEARSAL

Bartholomew Fair in rehearsal Photographer: Marc Brenner Play video

BARTHOLOMEW FAIR: TRAILER

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THE COMPANY

The role of Quarlous will be played by Gyuri Sarossy during performances on 13 & 14 September

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Show dates & times

Friday 4th October

7:00 PM

Dates & Tickets

Bartholomew Fair

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
FRI 27 SEPTEMBER
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7.00 PM
SAT 28 SEPTEMBER
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1.30 PM
FRI 4 OCTOBER
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7.00 PM
SAT 5 OCTOBER
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Limited Tickets 1.30 PM
FRI 11 OCTOBER
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7.00 PM
SAT 12 OCTOBER
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Limited Tickets 1.30 PM