Underbelly Festival 2017
London theatre news: Thursday 27 April 2017
Multi-art - Performing arts - Variety
Starting tomorrow, and running through until the end of September on London's South Bank, Underbelly combines the former Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground into one mega festival.
Underbelly Festival aims to build on the success of Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground - two of the capital’s biggest festivals of their kind over the past eight and five years respectively - taking place on the same site and continuing to present London’s largest programme of affordable comedy, circus, cabaret and children’s shows, in a city-centre festival environment with a great range of street food and one of the largest outdoor bars in London.
Since 2009, just under a million people have bought tickets to shows at Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground.
Underbelly Festival consolidates these two established South Bank festivals into one mega festival experience.
Here are some upcoming highlights ...
The first headline show is the London premiere of Driftwood from acclaimed Australian circus company Casus (Knee Deep), who have been described as “awe-inspiring” by The Guardian's Lyn Gardner, and opens on 4 May.
This will be followed by the London premiere of Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Catch Me (Attrape Moi) from Flip FabriQue, the impossibly athletic Quebecois troupe that “projects an irrepressible spirit of fun” with “acts that don't seem humanly possible” according to the New York Times, which opens 17 May.
Comedy highlights include Ellie Taylor getting to grips with married life in Infidelliety (4 May), Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd's arresting and wildly inventive Monkey See Monkey Do (9 May), a Donald Trump to trump Alec Baldwin from Rory Bremner (10 May), razor-edged satire from Andy Zaltzman (18 May), and fantastical observations from Sara Pascoe as she delves into the issues raised in her hotly anticipated new book Animal (25 May).
For the adventurous-minded, Underbelly Festival also features the best, brightest and most bonkers shows of every variety and genre, mingling the comedic and the culinary in George Egg: Anarchist Cook and the mirthful and the magical in Tony Roberts: Card Magic (both 11 May).
There's also interactive madness form South Bank favourites Margaret Thatcher Queen of Gameshows (12-13 May) and Knightmare Live (21 & 28 May) and all-star burlesque-cabaret mash-up Le Bouge Néon (19 May).
Family shows this month include such institutions of Underbelly Festival's predecessors as The Amazing Bubbleman, Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dancehall and Comedy Club 4 Kids along with children's versions of cult hits Comedy in the Dark (3, 8 & 22 May for grown-ups and 30 May for kids) and interactive comedy video game sensation The Dark Room (for grown-ups 5 May, for kids 14 May).
All of this entertainment and a whole lot more takes place across two venues in some of Central London's best outdoor bars complete with a buzzing festival atmosphere.
Located on the Southbank, between Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens and the London Eye, just off Belvedere Road.
Nearest tube stations: Waterloo and Embankment.
28 April to 30 Sept 2017
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