Presented By Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Beautiful Thing

Duration: c. 60 minutes

Type: Dance, Music, Theatre

Online sales ended

Tickets: £10 (or free to sit on the grass)

An Urban Fairytale

This iconic, optimistic love story about teenage boys Jamie and Ste is given a homecoming in this unique outdoor production of Jonathan Harvey’s well-loved play.

The finale of GDIF 2018, Beautiful Thing takes place on and around the original south Thamesmead locations where the play (and 1996 Channel Four film) were set, marking the 50th anniversary of the first families moving in to this utopian riverside community.

The new dance-theatre production, capturing the urban realism and fairytale fantasy of Harvey’s script, will feature stunning digital projections by NOVAK, new music by Roma Yagnik and a community chorus.


The site is open from 8.30pm and there’s a bar and hot food available to purchase. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks.

Advance sales have now ended.
A limited number of premium tickets will be available on the door from 8.30pm (£10, cash only).
Join the returns queue from 8.30pm for a chance of free ‘on the grass’ tickets.



Photos by Camilla Greenwell and Chris Arrondelle

Cast & Creative Team

James Rosental Jamie
Tom Wohlfahrt Ste
Claire Lambert Sandra
George Fellows Tony/Ronny
Melissa Bravo Leah
Stephen Moynihan Adult Jamie
Cupid George Hicks

Bradley Hemmings Co-Director
Robby Graham Co-Director
Rebecca Brower Designer
NOVAK Digital Projection
Roma Yagnik Composer
Phil Supple
Lighting Design

Bradley Hemmings
Bradley founded GDIF in 1996 and has directed the festival for the last 22 years. His directing credits include: The One Millionth Finish (Great North Run), The Four Fridas and The House (for GDIF) and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, for which he was Co-Artistic Director.

Robby Graham
Robby has performed, taught and choreographed around the world, including the Royal Opera House in London, the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro, and New York. Most recently, Robby was Movement Director for Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre.

Rebecca Brower
Rebecca Brower is an award-winning UK based Theatre Designer with recent West End credits including The Boys in the Band and All or Nothing. Rebecca also works in large-scale events. Some of her most notable projects include the Heritage Flame Ceremony for the Rio 2016 Paralympics and, for GDIF, The House (2016) and Out In The Streets (2017).

NOVAK has presented work throughout the world and at some of the most highly regarded arts festivals, including the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere (London, Durham and Derry-Londonderry) and the internationally renowned Singapore Night Festival.

Roma Yagnik
Roma is a UK based film composer whose music has featured in films, adverts and theatre productions as well as numerous television programmes. She wrote the score for Undaunted a daring wire-walk performed by Phoebe Bullzini during the opening weekend of GDIF 2018, specially created to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act.

Phil Supple
Phil designs primarily for large scale outdoor, site-specific and landscape works. He is an associate artist with acclaimed contemporary circus company Ockham’s Razor and Glasgow arts collective NVA – producers of major landscape lighting interventions. Recent projects include Paul Cummins and Tom Piper’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – the installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and Dr Blighty for Nutkhut/Brighton Festival.

Watch the trailer


There is step-free access at the performance location.

Accessible Tickets
This is a ticketed show. Audience members with access requirements are entitled to two free tickets, one for themselves and another for a personal assistant or carer. Please contact to book a place in the viewing area. These are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Viewing Area
This area will be marked with a flag or sign – please ask a GDIF Volunteer if you’re not sure where to go. There will be some limited seating provided for those who request in advance.

Captions and Audio Description
All performances will be captioned via The Difference Engine, an app that delivers captions directly to your mobile device.
The performance on the 7th July will be audio described, with a touch tour available at 8:45pm. Please contact to book a free place.

Assisted Route from Abbey Wood
We will lead an assisted route to the performance location for anyone travelling to Thamesmead by train to Abbey Wood.
Meet our GDIF Volunteer at the station for a 9.15pm departure. They will be wearing a pink GDIF t-shirt and carrying a yellow ‘Assisted Route’ placard.

A large-print version of the festival brochure can be downloaded here. A large-print version of the Beautiful Thing programme will be available to pick up on the day.

Thamesmead photo map
Will be available on request to anyone who has booked tickets.

Accessible Toilets and Blue Badge Parking
Information about accessible toilets and blue badge parking will be sent in advance to all ticket holders.

What To Expect
Our What to Expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.

KBR – Kick Back & Relax (no effort or participation required)

Audio Guide
Click here to listen to the Audio Guide

BSL Video

Where to find it

Beautiful Thing takes place on location on Binsey Walk in Thamesmead.

Click here for details of location, how to get there and what to expect on site.

Beautiful Thing in development

Jamie & Ste duet at GDIF 2017

Photos by James Berry

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With additional support from the Royal Borough of Greenwich

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