The People's Company present

Once Upon a Market

Conceived and Written by The People's Company
26 - 29 JUN 2024

Ticket Prices:
£13 Standard | £10 Concessions


Bananas, Half Price! Hot Patties! Scarves! Fresh fish! Marvels from Timbuktu to Xanadu!

Join The People’s Company as they transport audiences to one particularly happening corner of South London’s East Street Market in a new original play.

The year is 1952, soon after the death of King George VI on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The people working and living on East Street have mixed feelings about the monarchy, and they’re letting it be known. When the mysterious horse-racing tipster and miracle worker Ras Prince Monolulu returns to East Street after several years away, their ideas about royalty and identity are challenged by his unique larger-than-life philosophy.

Taking inspiration from the real life Prince Monolulu, Once Upon a Market
aims to showcase a world where the storyteller is king and magic can be found on every street corner.


Theatre: The Large

Wed – Sat: 7.30pm

Running Time: 105 mins including interval

No re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains references to death and war.

The Company

Written and performed by The People’s Company.
Mary Hayden

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Once Upon a Market

at Venue: Borough SE1

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

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Southwark Playhouse Borough
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

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Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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