The annual festival, on London’s South Bank, runs throughout the summer with a range of arts and performance companies showcasing their talents.
“River Stage has become synonymous with London’s summer festival scene…” explained Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. “A month-long celebration of the arts on the banks of the River Thames that welcomes revellers, the culturally curious and families to come and experience an abundance of talented performers and artists for free.”
Catering will be provided by additional food-vans that will take up residence for the duration of the festival.
Kicking off the River Stage Festival program will be the queer crew from The Glory – the East London hub for drag and cabaret scene-stealing. Leading the high-kicking troops from The Glory will be Jonny Woo, backed by a creative bunch of performers demonstrating what you can achieve with an eyeliner from Boots and a lot of enthusiasm.
5-7 July – The Glory
East London’s cabaret mecca and drag pub The Glory celebrate LGBTQ Pride with their residency at the River Stage Festival, presenting a tour-de-force weekend of back-to-back shows and parties, including the best of their drag queen contest LIPSYNC1000, plus their drag king battle Man Up.
12-14 July – Shubbak Festival
Mixing family activities with bands, spoken word and DJ sets, Shubbak brings the best of the Arab cultural scene to the River Stage.
19-21 July – National Park City Festival
A line-up dedicated to all things green and wild in celebration of London becoming the world’s first National Park City.
26-28 July – Frantic Assembly
Celebrating their 25th Birthday, Frantic Assembly kick off celebrations at the River Stage with DJs, live music, movement workshops, and performances.
2-4 August – National Theatre
A party weekend to close the River Stage Festival 2019. The National Theatre will be presenting their best in family theatre, dance, and music.