This Hip Hop Show Shines A Light On London's Roman Past

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This Hip Hop Show Shines A Light On London's Roman Past

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the City of London Corporation.

Buried beneath the hulking glass giants of the City lies a London of a different era: the original Roman settlement of Londinium, founded in AD50. Much like the London we know today, Londinium was bustling with people from every corner of the globe, and this October, modern day Londoners can turn back time and immerse themselves in a spectacular hip-hop re-imagination of the city's Roman Heritage.

Boy Blue Entertainment and Guildhall School of Music & Drama were commissioned by the City of London Corporation to present the spectacular, digitally-animated outdoor hip-hop dance show, Blood Rite. It's a real feast for the senses, and promises to bring the gladiatorial spirit of Londinium to life. It's been a long time since the Guildhall has seen a spectacle quite like this...

Set against the backdrop of the Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s Roman Amphitheatre, this explosive show uses cutting edge hip-hop to reimagine the Londinium of years gone by. This isn’t just a dance show, though — it’s a technological extravaganza...

The performance is paired with state-of-the-art video mapping technology, transforming the stone façades of the Guildhall into a spectacular reimagining of the sights and sounds of the amphitheatre. It might just be your wildest night out in London yet — after all, it's the nearest you'll get to witnessing some of the bone chilling entertainment that Londoners enjoyed in Londinium, with thousands filling the very same spot to see everything from wild animal fights to executions.

The performance, Blood Rite, is completely free, and those still hungry for a taste of Roman London are able to visit the Guildhall Art Gallery or come face to face with a gladiator at the Trauma exhibition in the Roman Amphitheatre, too. The performance takes place every 35 minutes from 6.30pm-10pm at Guildhall Yard on 20-21 October 2017.

Last Updated 17 October 2017