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River Stage Festival Weekend: National Park City Festival

River Stage Festival Weekend: National Park City Festival

The Mayor of London and partners host a spectacular programme to celebrate everything green and wild about the city. There will be a mix of dance, theatre and music, with a range of performances for all ages, all to celebrate London’s new status as the world’s first National Park City.

For details of the full festival, visit their website.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of our summer pop-ups? Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the Pizza Van, mix yourself a cocktail made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from The Otherstudy riverside pop-up bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

Friday

Marawa’s Majorettes

19.00 – 20.00; 21.00 – 21.30

Marawa’s Majorettes make everyone fall in love with hooping. This all-female troupe of amazing, world record-holding hoopers inspire people all over the world to get outdoors and get active in a fun and engaging way. No experience required!

Marawa's Majorettes

Goldierocks x Puppets with Guts

20.00 – 21.00

Goldierocks is one of the UK’s finest DJs. She has performed at countless international festivals, plus the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony which was broadcast to over one billion people around the world. Renowned for her cutting-edge playlists and theatrical flair, this collaboration with larger-than-life puppetry company Puppets with Guts will unleash your wild side, with giant interactive flora you won’t be able to resist.

Goldierocks

Zak Abel

21.30 – 22.45

North London singer-songwriter, Zak Abel, brings his soul-soaked voice and smooth moves to the South Bank where he’ll play a headline live set as part of the National Park City Festival. There will also be a few surprises to transform the National Theatre into a green city oasis.

Zak Abel

Saturday

Grass Men

12.00–13.00; 15.40–16.40; 19.10–20.00

Living Costumes, by Ashley Peevor, explores our connection with nature and green spaces in urban environments. Embracing the absurd, and with a hint of mysticism, the audience becomes a part of the spectacle of the Grass Men and other living costumes. Note: these costumes are made from actual living grass!

Grass Men

Gruesome Nature Live

12.30–13.05

Prepare to be wowed by wildlife from ZSL London Zoo’s interactive musical show, Gruesome Nature Live!, packed with frightful facts about some of the most impressive creatures on the planet. *Please note there are no live animals featured in this performance

Gruesome Nature Live

Doubles

13.10–13.30; 18.00-18.20

Doubles is a fun and fast-paced dance project that combines ping-pong and dance, and advocates the importance of safe, accessible public spaces. Joe Garbett, choreographer, devised the piece after seeing tennis tables pop up in local parks.

Doubles

Grow

13.40–14.00; 17.00–17.20

A lively, energetic and vibrant dance theatre duet by Kapow. Grow is a playful and touching celebration of the power of nature to rejuvenate, take over spaces and grow through the cracks.

Grow

The Vegetable Nannies

14.00–14.45; 17.20–18.00; 19.10–20.00

The Vegetable Nannies are two everyday gardeners who’ve taken their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. Plunge Bloom use the playful device of humanising vegetables to engage the audience in thinking about gardening and sustainable living.

Veg Nannies

Block

15.00–15.40; 18.30–19.10

Block is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges. Using 20 oversized blocks that appear to be made from concrete, performers present a physically gruelling but jaw-dropping show to portray the struggles of living in a concrete jungle. 

Presented by Motionhouse and NoFit State

Block

The Gruffalo

16.15–16.45

See the West End cast of The Gruffalo live on stage performing musical numbers and scenes from the show. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups. Join Mouse in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Gruffalo

Pedal Powered Party: Supa Dupa Fly

20.00 – 21.30

Hop on a bicycle, or hand crank, to power an evening of non-stop music provided by Electric Pedals and London’s best female DJs – though if the peddling stops, so does the music. We start the party with a set from the Supa Dupa Fly DJs ft Emily Rawson and Sandra Omari. London's flyest ladies of hiphop and R'n'B.

Supa Dupa Fly

Pedal Powered Party: Amy Lamé

21.30 – 22.45

Hop on a bicycle, or hand crank, to power an evening of non-stop music provided by Electric Pedals and London’s best female DJs – though if the peddling stops, so does the music. The final set of the night will be from the Mayor of London’s Night Czar, Duckie Co-Founder and BBC6 Music DJ, Amy Lamé.

Amy Lame

Sunday

Gruesome Nature Live

13.00–13.35

Prepare to be wowed by wildlife from ZSL London Zoo’s interactive musical show, Gruesome Nature Live!, packed with frightful facts about some of the most impressive creatures on the planet. *Please note there are no live animals featured in this performance

Gruesome Nature Live

The Vegetable Nannies

13.00–13.30; 14.30–15.00; 16.00–16.30

The Vegetable Nannies are two everyday gardeners who’ve taken their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. Plunge Bloom use the playful device of humanising vegetables to engage the audience in thinking about gardening and sustainable living.

Veg Nannies

Grass Men

13.00–14.00; 15.30–16.30

Living Costumes, by Ashley Peevor, explores our connection with nature and green spaces in urban environments. Embracing the absurd and with a hint of mysticism, the audience becomes a part of the spectacle of the Grass Men and other living costumes. Note: these costumes are made from actual living grass!

Grass Men

Doubles

13.40–14.00; 15.40–16.00

Doubles is a fun and fast-paced dance project that combines ping-pong and dance, and advocates the importance of safe, accessible public spaces. Joe Garbett, choreographer, devised the piece after seeing tennis tables pop up in local parks.

Doubles

Urban Astronaut

14.00–14.25; 16.30–16.55

Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be, where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point. Is there any way back? The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost… hope. Presented by Highly Sprung.

Urban Astronaut

The Gruffalo

15.00 – 15.30

See the West End cast of The Gruffalo live on stage performing musical numbers and scenes from the show. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups. Join Mouse in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Gruffalo

Summer pop-ups

Cheese Iron

Tasty grilled sandwiches made with British cheeses and plenty of cheesy sides.

Cheese Iron Toastie at the National Theatre

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

Our pop-up cocktail bar returns, using the best regional produce from across the UK.

Apothecary cocktail

Melt

Our vintage van serves a range of Northern Bloc’s irresistible ice creams, made with 100% natural ingredients. Including gluten free and vegan options.

Northern Bloc ice-cream

River Stage weekend takeovers