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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. Read More


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 for the 11th year 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, including the Rekorderlig Botanicals bar and Pimm’s Hut.

Comedy at Underbelly Festival

Circus tent

This year’s line-up of top comedians includes Mark Watson, John Robins, Vikki Stone, Abandoman and Fin Taylor. There’s 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.

You’ll be able to catch more comedy as part of the festival’s new two-week season Podcast Live, which brings 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.

Watch in awe as contemporary Australian circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths shun the glitz and glamour to create a fresh, dynamic performance in A Simple Space.

Plus, enjoy 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.

Julie Donaldson brings 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 include 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 offers big nights out with a twist. You can 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.

Find out more about the 2019 Underbelly Festival in London.

Venue Details & Map

South Bank

Elizabeth House
39 York Road
+44 (0)20 7202 6900
Public transport:
Waterloo and Waterloo East

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