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playing the games

Playing the Games is a two week celebration packed full of cultural and sporting talent, ranging from the emerging to the world-famous.


26 July to 12 August 2012


This summer the Criterion Theatre celebrates sporting and cultural talent - from the emerging to the world-famous - with Playing The Games. Leading comedians, actors, playwrights and Olympians all take part including Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Clive OwenAlan Davies, Chris Holmes, Stephen Daldry, Haile Gebrselassie, Kriss Akabusi, Brian Blessed, Rick Edwards, Paper Cinema and world premieres of new sport-themed plays by Adam Brace and Serge Cartwright.

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The Criterion Theatre offers a FREE community and learning programme, FROM EAST END TO WEST END, alongside the full Playing the Games season. Please click here for more details.

Playing the Games is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and presented in association with the Guardian Newspaper.