National Theatre announces 2024 programme for River Stage outdoor festival including Dear England free screening | West End Theatre (2024)

The National Theatre in London has announced the programme for its annual River Stage free outdoor festival.

River Stage is London’s largest free outdoor arts festival, and runs on the Southbank over four weekends from 5 to 28 July 2024.

Now in its eighth year, River Stage invites some of UK’s leading arts and culture organisations to take over the riverside to present theatre, music, dance and comedy. The National Theatre confirmed River Stage 2024 back in April.

River Stage weekends this year include The Glory from 5 to 7 July; Greenwich+Docklands International Festival from 12 to 14 July; dance company Rambert from 19 to 21 July; and the National Theatre from 26 to 28 July.

Highlights include a sing-along to pop-hits with Jonny Woo, ballroom dancing and lip-syncing, an extract of Rambert’s dance theatre production Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, and watch a free NT Live screening of James Graham’s drama Dear England starring Joseph Fiennes.

River Stage London 2024 – Programme of events

5 – 7 July 2024

Opening the festival on Friday 5 July, East London’s iconic queer venue The Glory return to the River Stage for the first time since launching their latest bar The Divine. Dance the night away to club classics at DJ John Sizzle’s Disco and singalong to showtunes at Jonny Woo’s Showtime Extravaganza. A collective of queer performers of Turkish, Kurdish, Cypriot and Southwest Asian heritage, Harem of Noone, will bring pop-cultural delights for everyone to enjoy. Lipsync 1000 V Man Up, one of UK’s biggest contests for drag kings and queens, will be back at the South Bank showcasing the stars of tomorrow. The amazing Barbs on piano will soundtrack your Sunday afternoon with some Chopin and Phillip Glass. Big Gay Songbook will bring the weekend to a close with a mash-up of the best of The Glory plus their talented mates from Margate.

12 – 14 July 2024

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) will bring their much-loved inclusive programming celebrating Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists from 12 to 14 July, one month ahead of GDIF 2024. Roll onto the riverside with Les Patineurs for a joyful battle on roller skates and join the Family Catwalk Extravaganza for some runway fashion, ballroom dance and lip syncing. Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE will bring Black Victorians, a powerful dance piece exploring a complex and often forgotten Black presence in pre-Windrush Britain. Perhaps Contraption bring their multi-award winning, progressive brass band party to River Stage for a truly unique musical experience; melding elements of jazz and pop. Fresh from her tour with Ed Sheeran, Fletch@ bridges signs her way through a hit-list that will captivate and delight audiences from all backgrounds at Sign Song.

19 – 21 July 2024

The brilliant Rambert will take over the festival’s third weekend from 19 to 21 July for an explosive celebration of dance. Choreographer Marion Motin, who worked with Christine and the Queens and Dua Lipa brings her hip-hop influenced style to the South Bank with an excerpt from Rouge created for and performed by Rambert’s dancers. Rambert’s very own Liam Francis and Aishwarya Raut will present their bold choreography with the company with their pieces Where to Start? and Tension Funfair. Catch an excerpt of Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, created by the writer of the TV series Steven Knight with Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer– the thrilling stage adaptation with an iconic soundtrack from a live on-stage band or put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun with Paradigmz’s Soca Workshop and Coco’s K-Pop workshop. Experience a real-life dance-off with dancers of Rambert, participate in a family yoga workshop with Eryck, grab a cowboy hat for a line-dancing class and more!

26 – 28 July 2024

The National Theatre will host the closing weekend from 26 to 28 July by inviting everyone to dive into the diverse delights of our South Bank venue. Diane Chorley returns with her legendary 80s club The Flick for her only show of 2024 bringing the very best of character comedy, infectious music, queer cabaret and some special guests. Everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes with our free backstage tours giving audiences a glimpse of the magic of the NT. For one day only, James Graham’s Olivier Award-winning hit show, NT Live: Dear England, will be screened for free. NT’s former artist in residence and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, Curtis Holder, will lead a portrait workshop where musicians Fenella Humphreys, Kasia Ziminska and Cara Berridge become his muses. Chisara Agor brings the festival to a close with a boundary-pushing musical performance exploring themes of visibility, magic and solidarity.

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👤News Team 📅29 May 2024
Tags: National Theatre, Rambert, The Glory

📷Main photo: River Stage 2024 - Dear England (Photo Marc Brenner), Black Victorians (Photo David Levene), The Glory

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