A new panoramic theatre and bar will be added to the South Bank this summer as the London International Festival of Theatre returns with its most exciting line-up yet.
The jewel in the crown of LIFT 2014, David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt’s ‘Roof’ will occupy a purpose-built ‘panoramic performance space’ on top of the car park opposite the National Theatre (May 30-June 28). The duo teamed up for deeply trippy 2010 play Electric Hotel, with Rosenberg responsible for BAC’s hallucinogenic headphones odyssey ‘Ring’, and we can expect something similarly out of this world from a headphones and free-running based show. The show even has its own bar, Saltbox, which will be open daily to ticket users and non-ticket users alike.
Roof is just one of many shows in a staggering line-up, which runs the gamut from Swedish company Lundahl & Seitl’s takeover of the Royal Academy of Arts with the immersive masterpiece ‘Symphony of a Missing Room’ (May 19-June 8) to a Museum of Water at Somerset House (June 6-29), Korean American theatre maker Young Jean Lee’s ‘The Shipment’, a work about African-American identity and politics that she made on the grounds that it was the most uncomfortable challenge she could think of (Barbican, June 10-14), and much more besides.
For full line-up go to liftfestival.com