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Tunnel tales under the Thames

Posted at 3:15 pm, November 19, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Underground ChristmasYou’d be forgiven for thinking seasonal storytelling events were ten a penny, but they’re not all half as grand as this one. Every Saturday and Sunday from November 19 (to December 24), burrow down into the Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel- once described as the Eighth Wonder of the World- and you’ll be greeted by the words of Jo Brand. We kid you not. Also echoing around this subterranean grotto will be the finely spun yarns of Zoë Wanamaker and Michael Palin, among others. The chamber once known, rather less glamorously, as the Rotherhithe Shaft will be illuminated by the ethereal glow of ‘Boggett’s patent prismatic reflectors, in the shadow of celebrated bottle pantomimic equilibrist’- which presumably has to be seen to be believed. All this (and a mystery Christmas gift to boot), comes courtesy of the Brunel Museum, who deserve hats off for celebrating the 19th century engineering dynasty with more than a dash of Victorian eccentricity. Kirsty McQuire

For info, see Underground Christmas listing.

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