Four men in suits with fox masks on their heads in a World Stages production
Four men in suits with fox masks on their heads ©

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For the first time eight leading London theatres (Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court, Sadler’s Wells, Somerset House, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Young Vic) collaborated to celebrate the diversity of London. It was a season of six shows highlighting London’s multicultural community.

We supported the developmental stages of the collaborations between the World Stages London consortium and their international counterparts.

It is already clear that World Stages has been a catalyst for future cross-London and international collaborations.

World Stages London was made possible by funding from Arts Council England, the British Council and various trusts and sponsors. The performances supported by the British Council reached a total UK live audience of 75,500.

We supported the following collaborations: 


A spectacular out-door show, celebrating the internationalism of London, featured a cast of over 500 community and professional actors and musicians.

The Beloved

Inspired by the Biblical and Koranic story of Abraham and Isaac/Ishmael.

Three Kingdoms

A gripping police vs. low life thriller set across London, Munich and Tallinn.

The Suit

A musical play based on a story of 1950s township life.

Wah! Wah! Girls

A new British Bollywood musical.

Wild Swans

The first ever staging of Jung Chang's worldwide bestselling account of one family in a time of revolution.