Throughout September, Totally Thames festival celebrates the river Thames with a 30-day programme of river-inspired events. These include arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, river rallies and races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, not to mention plenty of opportunities to walk and eat beside the river.
Totally Thames events to look forward to this year include:
The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Race Start - Tower Bridge will be raised on Sunday 30 August to bid farewell to the 12 Clipper 70 race yachts as they embark on their 40,000-mile adventure.
Tall Ships - The Tall Ships are returning to Royal Greenwich for five days this August, as up to 15 magnificent vessels drop anchor for a maritime family festival at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside. Admire the ships cruising majestically along the River Thames, be wowed by fireworks every evening after dark, and wave off the fleet from Greenwich on Monday 31 August as the ships leave in an elegant parade.
A Prelude To Menuhin's Centenary at The Temple Church - In the lead-up to the Menuhin Competition London 2016, previous Menuhin Competition prizewinners perform a gala concert with the Orpheus Sinfonia and Roger Sayer in the iconic Temple Church on the banks of the River Thames, compered by Naga Munchetty.
The Bascule Chambers - a new piece of site-specific music by composer Ian Chambers for brass and sound system performed to a small audience who are guided through the interior of Tower Bridge to the extraordinary bascule chamber. There are a total of six 45-minute performances a day on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September
Music by the River - a September-long season of music in fabulous riverside venues: there are Musical Spells by the Thames by The Bromley Boys Singers at All Hallows' by the Tower (Thursday 10/9); A Prelude to Menuhin's Centenary is at Temple Church (Tuesday 22/9), The Tamesis Consort, one of London's finest choirs presents The Water is Wide, concert of choral folksong settings at All Saints Fulham (Friday 18/9); there is a day of music with a riverside BBQ at St Mary's Putney (Saturday 12/9); the River City Saxes give a lunchtime concert at Central Hall St Thomas' Hospital (Monday 29/9).
Southwark Cathedral hosts a number of concerts for Totally Thames including Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir singing a Thames-inspired repertoire (Tuesday 1/9), lunchtime Organ Recitals (Monday 14/9 & Monday 21/9) and Sacred Rivers - Early Music from the New World (Saturday 19/9).
There will be two-for-one on river travel throughout September.
Totally Thames will also present an extensive programme of environmental and historical Walks and Talks throughout the month of September.
Get involved in this fantastic month-long programme of events along a very special 42-mile stretch of the river. For the full programme and more information, visit totallythames.org
Everyman- Great theatre value
Limited availability in May, good availability from June - Day Tickets and Friday Rush available.
Every Friday at 1pm a limited number of £20 tickets for the following week’s performances will be released online. Find out more.
£15 Day Tickets
Available in person on the day of the performance. Find out more.
Broadcast on 16 July, 7pm. Find your nearest venue.
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.
One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.
Chiwetel Ejiofor takes the title role.
Contains strong language and adult themes
School groups: suitable for KS4+
Talks and events
In Context: Medieval Theatre and Morality Play
Mon 11 May, 2 – 5pm
Thurs 18 June, 2 - 5pm
Javier De Frutos and Rufus Norris talk about Everyman
Tue 2 June, 6pm
Everyman - Creating Music for Theatre
Thu 16 July, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Chiwetel Ejiofor on Everyman
Wed 22 July, 3pm