Picnic & Play at The Deck, National Theatre

Franco Milazzo
By Franco Milazzo Last edited 169 months ago

Last Updated 31 May 2010

Picnic & Play at The Deck, National Theatre

Photography by Chris Osburn

We liked the idea last year and were pleased to see the National Theatre is bringing it back again this summer. Picnic & Play at The Deck gives theatregoers a chance to spread out on the albeit artificial lawn and lounge above the Thames with drinks and a meal on the third floor terrace of the theatre. And if the weather's halfway decent, such a riparian pre-show cannot be beat.

Whereas '09's picnic was a champagne affair, this year sees Pimms and lemonade taking centre stage. The Deck's Picnic & Play costs £55 (which includes price for the ticket). In addition to the Pimms, picnic boxes come stuffed with yummies such as potted ham and home made piccalilli; a Scotch egg; smoked salmon and fennel salad with dill and chardonnay dressing; a salad of asparagus, broad bean, summer squash and goat’s cheese; Westcombe cheddar with pecan and raisin bread and homemade chutney; and a summer berry trifle.

Opportunities to enjoy Picnic & Play run from August 2nd until the 20th with Danton’s Death, The Habit of Art, Welcome to Thebes, and After the Dance filling the theatre's summer roster. Details here.