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18/06/01
Lift Off for International Theatre
- Artists from around the world come to town

THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE takes off on June 11. Uniting established and new international artists, the month long festival celebrates its tenth birthday with a heady mix of installations, lectures and events in a range of conventional and site-specific venues around London.

First up is the original Russian (untranslated) version of Pushkin's Boris Godunov, a Russian transfer by Cheek by Jowl from Moscow to the Riverside Studios. Mean time installation artists who hail from Stockholm conduct a night cruise down the River Thames, beginning their poetic journey at Bermondsey's Cherry Garden Pier. Highlights later in the month include a collection of new plays from Uganda and the return of Bobby Baker's acclaimed Box Story to St Luke's Church in Holloway.

This year's LIFT marks a departure from the traditional biennial festival format, heralding a 5 year project set to incorporate international collaborations, specific seasons of work and one-offs. The new Lift Club next to Blackfriars Bridge is a welcome addition for those keen to drink, dance or discuss.





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