Twelfth Night Celebration 2014

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The performers of The Lions Part revisit ancient midwinter traditions on Bankside, near Shakespeare’s Globe.

The festivities begin with the arrival of the Holly Man (a Christmas variation on the pagan Green Man), who will travel up the Thames aboard the waterman’s cutter Trinity Tide. Then the Bankside Mummers and London Beadle join in ‘wassails’ – toasts to the prosperity of the crowd, the river and the Globe theatre.

A freestyle Mummers’ Play based on the story of St George follows, before Twelfth Night cakes are distributed to the audience to identify this year’s King Bean and Queen Pea (if you find a legume in your slice, it’s you).

Then the King and Queen head a procession to the George Inn for stories, dancing, frolicks centred on a ‘kissing wishing tree’ and plenty of mulled wine.

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philip cairns

wonderfull event one of londons hidden jems happy smileing actors full of energy giveing there time for free on a drizzely sunday afternoon a tourists dream to come upon an event like this and the procesion along the thames a real treat and ending in the george pub to be further entertainded by dancers and singers only problem with this fab event is the lack of space out side the globe most people could not see any of the show