Crossrail’s Roof Garden amphitheatre will welcome the first of three productions from the newly formed Roof Garden Players from June 18.
Five actors will work with writer and director Sebastian Rex to devise three new shows with interactive workshops and performances.
Sebastian said: “We wanted to find three pieces that would offer a diverse audience different styles of shows. Our first show, which also coincides with the Henrik Ibsen Festival currently on at the Space, is his epic play Peer Gynt.
“The play is an incredible feat of writing, involving folklore, myth and a strong quest to find one’s self.
“The original production also had incidental music written by Edvard Grieg, which I was very excited about incorporating into our production. Everybody will know Morning Mood and In The Hall of the Mountain King, and we’re also using other pieces of music from the complete work.
“I worked with a Norwegian dramaturg, Mari Rettedal-Westlake, to edit the five act play into a concise 60-minute piece, and to bring the language to a modern audience, while still keeping the poetry of it.”
The Space and Canary Wharf Group have been keen to make every production in the gardens free to enable more people from the community to enjoy theatre and the arts.
Sebastian said: “It’s a thrilling challenge to be working at the new performance space, with the public walking around and engaging with our rehearsals, and I’m looking forward to continue exploring what Peer has to offer, as well as our next two shows – The Creatures Of Prometheus, inspired by Greek mythology, and The Royal Nutshell, which will present the complete history of the monarchy.”
Peer Gynt, Rooftop Gardens, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, June 18 to June 27, free, space.org.uk