To celebrate the unique Roman heritage at the heart of the capital, the City of London Corporation is staging a three-month season of exhibitions, walks, talks, theatre, film and special events, taking place from 28 July – 29 October 2017. Londinium will reveal the hidden history of Roman London, explore the great settlement’s contemporary legacy, and bring the Roman spirit to life for a 21st century audience.
The season is headlined by three spectacular live events. The Gladiator Games (25 – 28 August), taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, will see battle commence once again in Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s Roman Amphitheatre. During an epic clash of swords, shields and spears, the gladiators will fight for glory and try to convince both Emperor and audience to set them free.
Blood Rite (20 – 21 October) is a one-of-a-kind outdoor show bringing together dance, music and digital animation to celebrate the contemporary influence of Roman London and its Amphitheatre, from the horror of battle to the triumph of the gladiatorial spirit. The show will include new work by cutting edge hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, and video projections and live performances from Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Closing the season is Dark Earth (22 – 29 October), a secretive sound-based performance hidden below the pavements of the centre of the City. Powered by wiretapper, Dark Earth will take fearless Londoners through the streets and down into the basement to discover the secrets of an ancient civilisation teetering on the edge of its downfall.
Other highlights of the programme include Roman-inspired film screenings in Guildhall Yard, free lectures from Classicists such as Mary Beard, and family activities with crafts and Roman object handling.
Further information on all the events can be found at www.visitlondon.com/romans