The National Theatre has announced the creative partners for the 2019 River Stage Festival. The annual festival on London’s South Bank runs throughout the summer with leading arts and performance companies celebrating the best of British and International culture, drag artists and London’s green and blue spaces, including the River Thames. The line-up is as follows:
The Glory (5-7 July)
East London’s cabaret mecca and drag pub The Glory celebrate Pride at the NT with a tour-de-force weekend of back-to-back shows and parties, including the best of their sensational drag queen contest LIPSYNC1000, plus their drag king battle Man Up.
Shubbak Festival (12-14 July)
Mixing family activities with bands, spoken word and DJ sets, Shubbak presented in partnership with Amal – a Saïd Foundation programme – brings the best of the Arab cultural scene to the River Stage.
National Park City Festival (19-21 July)
A line-up dedicated to all things green and wild in celebration of London becoming the world’s first National Park City.
Frantic Assembly (26-28 July)
Celebrating their 25th Birthday Frantic Assembly kick off celebrations at the River Stage with DJ’s, live music, movement workshops, performances and much more.
National Theatre takeover (2-4 August).
A joyful party weekend to close the River Stage festival 2019. The National Theatre will throw open its doors and let the creativity spill out bringing you the very best in family theatre, dance, music and more.
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said: “River Stage has become synonymous with London’s summer festival scene: a month long celebration of the arts on the banks of the River Thames that welcomes revellers, the culturally curious and families to come and experience an abundance of talented performers and artists for free. This year, we are thrilled to once again partner with The Glory, partners new to River Stage Shubbak Festival, National Park City Festival and Frantic Assembly, as well as curating our own National Theatre take-over for the final weekend.”
The complete line-up of acts, artists and performers will be announced at a later date.