Between June 24 and July 2 2016 Greenwich and its surrounding area will be flooded with colourful performances as part of London's biggest celebration of outdoor theatre, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. Most events are free, so pick one you like the sound of from our festival listings below or just head down there to see what you can find – and if you prefer your theatre performances with a roof over your head, check out latest London theatre reviews or our top ten new theatre shows for some more inspiration this summer.
GDIF 2016 event highlights
A regular fixture for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is their big dancing line up. GDIF's 'Dancing City' takes place in the parks and open spaces of Canary Wharf and features everything from a new duet devised by Arlene Philips to Beeldend Danstheater Telder's 'In My Head', a piece that literally takes place in a giant sculpture of a head.Read more
A major part of this year's Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, this new show from Poland's Teatr Biuro Podróży is a topical spectacular that uses stilts, fire, puppetry, music and more to tell a story of refugees and migrants caught up in a spiral of war, clinging to dreams of escape. Seats are ticketed but there will be substantial numbers of free standing places.Read more
The colourful, riotous and completely free two-day showcase of theatre, dance and games returns to Greenwich as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International festival. The Greenwich Fair features a load of UK and international companies that perform during the festival all over the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark Gardens. Highlights include 'Caravan of Love', a dance show that takes place around a bright pink VW campervan.Read more
The streets of Woolwich are taken over by all sorts of weird and wonderful street art for the day as part of the 2016 Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. Events will include a herd of mechanical animals descending on a nearby park, and a performance taking place on a 13-tonne digger.Read more