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One hundred thousand tickets costing just £10 are being made available for five theatre productions, courtesy of award winning theatre director and producer Michael Grandage. Grandage has stepped down as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse to set up his own production company, which has received commercial investment for an entire season launching at the Noel Coward Theatre on 1 December. Highlights include: The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe; A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring David Walliams as Bottom; and Jude Law in Henry V.
A Bang for your Buck
The London 2012 Festival started with a bang on 21 June, as French company Les Commandos Percu lit up the shores of Lake Windermere with a blend of rhythm, fireworks and a thumping soundtrack. The spectacle will continue in London with the awakening of a ten-foot high Prometheus, in a production by Graeae Theatre Company. The festival runs until 9 September and boasts 12,000 events and performances. London-based arts events worth getting out of bed for include: street dancing acrobatics in Canary Wharf on 30 June; the Rio carnival in Hackney on 21 July; and a weekend of free music from around the world along the River Thames from 21 to 22 July.
London’s historic Square Mile is being taken over by the artwork of a UCA Farnham student from 21 to 24 June. Laura Burwood, who graduates in Digital Film and Screen Arts this year, will recreate her university project 50cm2 in London, as part of ‘Celebrate the City’. The “illusive installation” consists of dozens of 50cm2 frames of tape containing QR codes, which members of the public can interact with to share thoughts and feelings about the city. Burwood said: “Being asked to take part in such a big event is quite a big deal for me because I’m straight out of university and already have my work at a major arts festival – it’s great.