Everyone's talking about Babel coming to London in 2012
Posted: 14th March 2012
The outdoor play with a cast of 500 will be taking over the capital's Caledonian Clocktower Park for 12 performances in May, tickets on sale now
To paraphrase, the biblical story of the tower of Babel (or more accurately, "the city and its tower") is about humanity coming together to speak one language and construct a tower that reached to the heavens. God had other ideas.
The story of Babel has since become synonymous with the use of common or translated language and the 'Tower of Babel' a motif for hugely ambitious projects that could be considered a challenge to the forces of nature.
In May in London, a theatrical undertaking of considerable scale and ambition will come together to provide one of the artistic headlines of what promises to be a memorable summer in the capital. The Cornish theatre company Wildworks are joining forces with the outreach teams from four London theatres (Battersea Arts Centre, the Lyric Hammersmith, Young Vic and Theatre Royal Stratford East) to deliver a theatrical event, which is Babel in both name and nature.
With a cast of 500, Babel will use the Caledonian Clocktower as its centrepiece, drawing on fairytale - the myth of Gilgamesh and the story of Kasper Hauser who appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, claiming to have been raised in isolation. It is ambitious, interactive and exciting, and it has been more than two years in the making.
Babel will be performed 12 times in London's Caledonian Clocktower Park, beginning on Tuesday 8th May until Sunday 20th (Monday 14th is a day off). We have tickets available now, priced just £12.50 for the opening performance and £22.50 thereafter.