A new 50-capacity socially distanced theatre space is being launched in a London pub garden.
The Garden Theatre at the Eagle in Vauxhall will open with a production of musical Fanny and Stella.
Directed by Steven Dexter and produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions, Fanny and Stella will run from August 3 to 25, with two press performances on August 11.
The idea for the new theatre came when Bull was looking for an outdoor pub garden space to stage the musical.
Bull spoke to the owner of the Eagle, Mark Oakley, who agreed to set up a theatre in the pub’s newly renovated garden.
A steel decking has been set up for the stage, and the audience will be seated in socially distanced clusters.
Depending on the success of the premiere production, Bull hopes to stage more shows at the pub in the future.
Bull said: “We are taking baby steps as we venture into the brave new world of open-air socially distanced performances.
"We are only performing three shows a week initially but we aim to increase this after a successful launch."
Fanny and Stella has a book and lyrics by Glenn Chandler, music by Charles Miller and musical staging by Nick Winston.
Jed Berry will play Ernest Boulton/Stella and Kane Verrall has been cast in the role of Frederick William Park/Fanny, with further casting to be announced.