may have fallen on your favourite play, but this summer, Propstore
– a pop-up riverfront cafe and bar built using scenery and props from recent National Theatre productions – is
stealing the show.
In a small space
on London's South Bank, near the National Theatre’s riverside entrance, diners,
drinkers, theatre-goers and tourists can play “spot the prop” among the
eclectic collection of more than 1,000 items on display.
September, all are welcome to take a seat on the House of Commons bench from
James Graham's production of This House, arrange
to meet a friend under a lamp post from Simon Stephens' Port, or walk over the
outline of a dead dog on the flooring from The
Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time
(which has now transferred to the West End’s Apollo Theatre). And don't worry if your theatre trivia is not
up to scratch, each item is clearly labelled with details of the stage it set.
menu of traditional English snacks with a twist (try the fish finger sandwich) is
available all day, while the bar – offering English wines, Greenwich-based
Meantime draught beer and gin from
Hammersmith micro-distillery Sipsmith – turns
into a dance floor on Friday and Saturday, thanks to a weekend line-up of DJs
and live music that includes the emerging five-piece band Rhys Lewis and The Relics and hip hop soul singer JJ Rosa.
Theatre props and costumes are usually stored in a warehouse in Brixton, a
dusty space that holds more than 100,000 items. Propstore uses just a small
selection of these to showcase the creativity and attention to detail that goes
on behind the scenes. If it doesn’t inspire more people to book tickets to see
a play, the restaurant and bar can at least provide a temporary backdrop to the
everyday drama in the lives of Londoners.
Dalamal is the London Localite for BBC Travel