Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and al-fresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank.
This year, Udderbelly Festival joins forces with neighbouring festival London Wonderground to present a huge season of the hottest live acts under one new name.
Stretching throughout the summer, the festival stages affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames. Plus, drop by the free-to-enter festival site to tuck into street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars.
Underbelly Festival Headline Shows 2017
Drift on a journey of human encounters and interactions, as acclaimed circus company Casus presents Driftwood, filled with their signature acrobatic shapes and charming spectacles. 4 May-4 Jun
Experience Flip FabriQue’s high-spirited circus of thrilling acrobatic tricks, adrenaline-pumping stunts and energetic showmanship with Catch Me (Attrape Moi). 17 May-9 Jul
Be dazzled by the Briefs boys’ sassy mix of hilarious circus, thrilling boylesque, playful tricks and skilful drag, as they push the boundaries even further in their new show Close Encounters. 14 Jul-30 Sep
Comedy at Underbelly Festival
This year’s line-up of top comedians includes Richard Gadd (9 May), Rory Bremner (10 May), Andy Zaltzman (18 May-20 Jun), Sara Pascoe (25 May) and Al Murray (16-17 Jun). While Best of The Comedy Store (6 May-15 Jul) gives a platform to new and rising comic talents.
Plus, try your luck in Margaret Thatcher Queen of Gameshows’ dazzling musical comedy gameshow (12 May-2 Jul). Embark on a quest against evil with Knightmare Live!, a comic stage adaptation of the classic TV programme (21 May-11 Jun). And get ready for a truly “experimental” science comedy show with Festival of the Spoken Nerd (24-31 May).
Circus and Cabaret Shows
Watch playful and hilarious circus acts with Elixir (4-9 Jul), And The Little One Said… by Jess Love (13-18 Jun) and Alula & Jacksons Lane: HYENA (6-11 Jun).
Or enjoy weird and wonderful variety acts, including Le Bouge Néon’s sultry burlesque routine against a backdrop of light projections (19 May-21 Sep); Black Cat Cabaret’s dark and daring show (20 May-22 Sep); and modern burlesque show, House of Burlesque, mixing glamorous cabaret with new technology (13 May-15 Sep).
Underbelly Family Shows
It’s not just adults who can have all the fun, as Underbelly Festival puts on a range of shows and activities specially designed for children and families.
Be mesmerised by a spectacular mix of circus and street dance in Metta Theatre's Jungle Book (1-24 Aug), or by The Amazing Bubble Man's fascinating show of bubble tricks (29 Apr-4 Jun). Enjoy family-friendly performances by some of the best stand-up comics, cabaret acts and sketch groups in Comedy Club 4 Kids (7 May-15 Jul) or giggle away at Comedy in the Dark for Kids (30 May-9 Jul). And take to the dancefloor for a boogie with your toddler at Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall (7 May-24 Sep).