South Bank London

River Stage 2024

Celebrate summer with four weekends of free performances on the NT’s summer stage.


05 Jul - 28 Jul 2024

Ticket Information

All River Stage events are free!

Location Info

National Theatre, London, UK

For one month every summer the National Theatre brings its River Stage to the South Bank. Presenting free performances by local artists and collectives on a pop-up stage outside the theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, River Stage is always a fun day out for all the family.

This year’s River Stage festival runs over four weekends in July. Visitors can expect a high-energy, inclusive and participatory experience that features original dance, circus, theatre, drag and musical performances created by companies and collectives from across the city.


The Glory  

Fri 5 July- Sun 8 July

Hosted and curated by The Glory’s Grande-Dames of drag and performance, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. They are calling on their top drag queens and kings, cabaret artists, DJs, and theatre makers to present probably London’s most exciting and radical, free weekend of queer music, performance and hi-jinx. Laugh, dance, cheer, create and commune by the Thames at this annual summer jamboree. Queer London at its best.

Fri 5 July DJs and drag curated by The Glory 
Sat 6 July Drag battles, DJs, and cabaret curated by The Glory 
Sun 7 July DJ Stav B Sunday Sermon, excerpts from stage show All The Fraudulent Horse Girls, cabaret with Barbs Goes Classical and Glory X Margate Seaside Special.

Photo by David Levene

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival  

Fri 12 July- Sun 14 July

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival brings their much-loved mash-up of vibrant, inclusive and disruptive summer fun to River Stage 2024. Marking the one-month countdown until this year's edition of the popular festival, this celebratory line-up of street theatre, dance and circus will delight audiences of all ages.

Fri 12 July Les Patineurs rollerskate stunt show, Family Catwalk Extravaganza, Dibs J set
Sat 13 July  DJs, music with Contraption progressive brass band, dance performances of work by  Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE. 
Sun 14 July Live music, dance, stunts and Sign Song with Fletch@.

Photo by Daniel Shea


Fri 19 July- Sun 21 July

Also based in South Bank, the brilliant Rambert dance company returns to curate another memorable weekend at River Stage. Join their talented teachers and diverse, inspiring artists for an unforgettable weekend. Experience awe-inspiring dance performances, exciting special guest announcements, and the chance to learn new moves, suitable for all ages.

Fri 19 July DJs, performances of works by Marion Motin, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Liam Francis and Aishwarya Raut, DJ Tim Garcia
Sat 20 July Live music, DJ sets, dance performances and dance workshops for contemporary groove, soca, k-pop and vogue
Sun 21 July Dance performances, family yoga, workshops for line dance, Caribbean dance, DJ sets.

hoto by Stephanie Claire

National Theatre  

Fri 26 July- Sun 28 July

Closing this year’s River Stage celebrations the National Theatre is throwing open its doors, inviting everyone to dive into the diverse delights of this iconic South Bank venue. Expect the very best in family-friendly theatre, dance performances, live music, workshops for all ages, an NT Live screening, and tours of this extraordinary landmark building.

Fri 26 July Character comedy, music and queer cabaret with Diane Chorley and special guests
Sat 27 July Little Angel Theatre - 'Elephant Parade' Workshop, BAC Beatbox Academy, Backstage Building Tours (3pm–7pm), Boy Blue hip hop performance, NT Live Screening: Dear England (7:30pm–10:45pm)
Sun 28 July Portrait Workshop with Curtis Holder, Public Acts Odyssey Workshop, feel-good pop with Some Voices choir, storytelling performance by Chisara Agor

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