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General Gordon Square, Woolwich

The Woolwich Big Screen looks forward to welcoming you to the newly landscaped General Gordon Square. With its trees, mirror pool and grass terraces incorporating bench seating, the square promises to be a delightful green oasis in the heart of Woolwich - an ideal venue to enjoy a picnic as you experience the magic of world class opera direct from the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein | Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm with pre-performance screening from 7pm.
Running time approximately 2 hours 50 minutes with curtain down at 10.50 (including interval).

Watch the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece and danced by The Royal Ballet.

The Royal Opera’s Nabucco |
Thursday 9 June at 7.30pm with pre-performance screening from 7pm.
Running time approximately 2 hours 50 minutes with curtain down at 10.50 (including interval).

Join us as Plácido Domingo takes the title role in in The Royal Opera’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic opera, Nabucco.


The Royal Opera’s Il trovatore | Thursday 14 July at 7.15pm with pre-performance screening from 6.45pm.
Running time approximately 3 hours with curtain down at 11pm (including intervals).

Don’t miss this new production of Verdi’s gripping masterpiece, Il trovatore  – an opera packed with powerful arias and thrilling choruses, including the famous and instantly recognizable ‘Anvil Chorus’.

All live screenings are classified 12A by the BBFC. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

What I need to know before I attend:

The performances will be screened within General Gordon Square, which is accessible to all (event conditions apply).

Seating:  The new square incorporates granite bench seating and some picnic chairs will be provided. Visitors are also invited to bring their own folding seats, cushions or picnic blankets.

Facilities: Toilet facilities nearby will be kept open until 10pm. There are also restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops and bars located near the square.

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply in General Gordon Square:-

* Free entry to the event is on a first come first served basis subject to capacity.
* Event stewards will be entitled to search persons and/or their possessions on entry to the square.
* Staff will not take responsibility for any prohibited items.
* Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to, large parasols, gazebos, awnings and portable barbecues.
* The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to the event enclosure for whatever reason.
* All children (under 16) must be accompanied by an adult.
* All litter should be disposed of in the bins provided or taken home.
* This is an outdoor event, please check weather forecast and dress appropriately.

For further information visit or call 020 8921 6269

How do I get there?

Train - Woolwich Arsenal Train Station is only a few seconds walk away. Step out of the train station and look across the road to see the back of the Big Screen in General Gordon Square. For train services and timetables visit

Woolwich Arsenal Docklands Light Railway (DLR) - The DLR is also seconds' from the square. Turn left as you walk out of the station. A few steps up the hill will take you to General Gordon Square. For service information visit

Buses - The main bus stops in Woolwich are located on or very near General Gordon Square – Thomas Street/Green’s End and Woolwich Arsenal Station.  For local bus services and timetables visit or call the New Travel Information Call Centre on 0843 222 1234

Car - Some of the car parks in Woolwich are locked at night – please check the times before you leave your car. For more information on parking in Woolwich visit or call 020 8921 4339