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Underbelly Festival in South Bank

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Enjoy the sunshine at the Underbelly Festival. Image courtesy of Borkowski Arts. Photo: David Jensen.
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Be treated to circus, cabaret, family fun and quirky South Bank events and shows, as part of this annual extravaganza.


Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and alfresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank.

Stretching throughout the summer, the festival returns with stages full of affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames.

You can also 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.

Comedy at Underbelly Festival

Circus tent

The 2019 line-up of top comedians included Mark Watson, John Robins, Vikki Stone, Abandoman and Fin Taylor. There was also a new Saturday night show, London Comedy Allstars,featuring a mixed bill with performances from Josie Long, Ed Gamble, Phil Wang, Dane Baptiste, Felicity Ward, Ahir Shah and more.

The festival’s new two-week season Podcast Live brought to the stage a variety of funny and engaging podcasts.

Underbelly circus and cabaret shows

Performers from Australian circus troupe Gravity and Other Myths perform handstands in a circle on a stage.

Contemporary Australian circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths shunned the glitz and glamour to create a fresh, dynamic performance in A Simple Space in 2019.

There were plenty of weird and wonderful cabaret acts, including Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club, one of the tops shows from the Edinburgh Festival and Yummy, a drag extravaganza.

Underbelly family shows

It’s not just adults who can have fun, as Underbelly Festival puts on a range of shows and activities specially designed for children and families.

In 2019, Julie Donaldson brought her much-loved stories to life with live readings during the spectacular adaptation of The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog.

Other unmissable family shows included Montasaurus, The Wind in the Willows, Massaoke For Kids, the ultimate family singalong, plus Screaming With Laughter, comedy for adults and babies.


More Underbelly Festival shows

Underbelly Lates offer big nights out with a twist. In 2019, you could belt out hits with Massaoke Cocoa Butter Club, dance the night away at The Silent Disco Show, and enjoy some late-night fun with cabaret show Blunderland.

Check back nearer the time for full details of the 2021 Underbelly Festival in London.

Venue Details & Map

South Bank

Elizabeth House, 39 York Road
+44 (0)20 7202 6900

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