River Stage Festival returns to London’s South Bank

The capital's biggest free outdoor arts festival is full of lovely queer stuff ✨




River Stage, the free outdoor Summer festival organised by the National Theatre in partnership with five of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations begins on London’s South Bank this July.



Opening the festival for the third year is London’s leading queer performance venue and night spot, The Glory.


A dazzling army of drag queens, underground stars, club kids and cult comedians will create another totally unique family-friendly showcase for what has become an annual highlight for the capital’s LGBT+ community.



Highlights include a re-working of Liza With A Z, a Madonna-themed cabaret special, and Jonny Woo’s new show with Double Olivier award winner, Le Gateau Chocolat.


River Stage is an amazing opportunity for underground performers to share their work with a big, varied crowd - It’s like a cultural exchange," said Director of The Glory, John Sizzle. 


"People ask us all year round when the next one is happening - it gets bigger each year, we can’t wait, see you there!"



The National Theatre is programming the final festival weekend from Friday 10 August with a mix of family focused workshops, sing along bands, a groundbreaking new circus show, a tea dance and live music and DJ’s.​


And on top of all of that, a selection of London’s finest street food and drink stalls will be on hand for refreshments! Tuck into tasty grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Iron, freshly made wood-fired pizza's from Campfire Pizza, and British inspired cocktails from riverside bar, Apothecary.


River Stage is now in its fourth year of bringing free entertainment to audiences outside the National Theatre. With the NT’s mission to be as "open, diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible", the festival showcases the best artists from across the UK, presenting an eclectic and exciting mix of dance, theatre and music.​


Sounds like a treat, eh?


River Stage Festival runs from 13 July - 12 August and all events are free. Find out about the many more fabulous acts here



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