Presented By Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Beautiful Thing

3 July - 7 July 2018

Duration: c. 60 minutes

Type: Dance, Music, Theatre

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Tickets: £10 (or free to stand)

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 will take 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.

Book now to guarantee your seat at this summer’s must-see theatrical event. Purchasing a ticket ensures you a seat with a good view. Free standing tickets are also available and should also be booked online.

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Times and Locations

Thamesmead, London, UK

3rd July at 9:45pm

  • Captioned

4th July at 9:45pm

  • Captioned

5th July at 9:45pm

  • Captioned

6th July at 9:45pm

  • Captioned

7th July at 9:45pm

  • Audio Described
  • Captioned

Creative Team

Bradley Hemmings Co-Director
Robby Graham Co-Director
Rebecca Brower Designer
NOVAK Digital Projection

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.


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.
Details about this will be published in May.

A large-print version of the festival brochure and Beautiful Thing programme will be available to download in advance or 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.

Where to find it

Beautiful Thing takes place on location in Thamesmead. All ticket bookers will receive an email with details of the location and how to get there.

Beautiful Thing in development

Jamie & Ste duet at GDIF 2017

Photos by James Berry

Supported by

Peabody and the Royal Borough of Greenwich

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