Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre

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The Ring Cycle Plays, a bold new theatrical adventure from The Scoop's award-winning, resident company, Gods and Monsters Theatre Limited, is a unique opportunity for opera buffs and fantasy fans alike to gain a new insight into Richard Wagner's extraordinary chronicle by encountering The Ring Cycle operas performed as plays without the usual operatic scores. Press night is this coming Friday 15 August. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!

Wagner's celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics. It's an extraordinary tale of gods, giants, nymphs, dwarfs and humans, revealing how both mortals and immortals fall under the spell of a powerful ring, possession of which brings the chaos and glory of absolute power!

The story unfolds over four hours interspersed with generous intervals and builds into an unforgettable, family-friendly evening of mythical romance, comedy and drama. You can catch the shows on different nights or see them all in one epic visit.

And there's no need to book - just turn up and take a seat! There's room for 1,000 people at every performance.

This is the 12th anniversary of London's Free Open-Air Theatre Season in the stunning Greek amphitheatre setting of The Scoop at More London, sited next to City Hall on the banks of the River Thames. Winner of a Peter Brook Award for innovation, this season of completely free theatre is now firmly established as one of London's annual theatre-going must-sees.

London's Free Open-Air Theatre Season 2014 presents THE RING CYCLE PLAYS, devised by Phil Willmott and Mervyn Millar and adapted from Richard Wagner's librettos by Lisa Kuma. The season runs now through 31 August, Wednesday - Sunday. Schedule: 6.00pm - 6.45pm THE RHINE GOLD; 7.00pm - 7.45pm THE VALKYRIE; 7.45pm - 8.30pm Break; 8.30pm - 9.15pm SIEGFRIED; 9.30pm - 10.15pm TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. Performances play The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB. On the south bank of the River Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge next to City Hall. Tubes: London Bridge or Tower Hill.

Photo Credit: Sheila Burnett

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Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

Photo Flash: First Look at THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at London's Open-Air Theatre
The Cast of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS

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