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River Stage 2019

Free outdoor festival of arts and entertainment

Every weekend from 5 July – 4 August

National Theatre

River Stage 2019

The National Theatre's free outdoor festival of arts and entertainment returns in 2019 and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Each weekend our River Stage partners take over the stage and offer a full line-up of events for all ages: from family workshops and theatre, to club nights and DJs. And it's all free!

In 2019 our partners will be The GloryShubbak FestivalNational Park City FestivalFrantic Assembly and a finale closing party with the National Theatre.


Discover our range of pop-up bars and food offerings on the South Bank alongside River Stage. View the Pop-Ups.


River Stage weekend takeovers

5 – 7 July: The Glory

East London drag hothouse The Glory stage a three-day Pride party with the best of London’s world-leading alternative drag and cabaret scene.

The Glory

19 – 21 July: 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.

Riverstage 2019 partner:  National Park City Festival

2 – 4 August: National Theatre

The National Theatre throws open its doors for the final party weekend to close the River Stage 2019 festival. There will be something for everyone including family theatre, dance, music and much more.

River Stage 2019 final weekend: National Theatre

12 – 14 July: Shubbak Festival

Family activities, bands, spoken word and late DJ sets bring the best of the Arab cultural scene from London and further afield to the River Stage.

Riverstage 2019 partner: Shubbak Festival

26 – 28 July: Frantic Assembly

The groundbreaking theatre company invite you to join their 25th birthday celebrations with a weekend of partying on the River Stage packed live music, dance, workshops and special performances, including a brand new specially commissioned piece for River Stage.

River Stage 2019 partner: Franctic Assembly

Summer pop-ups

The Otherstudy

Our outdoor pop-up bar serves craft beer from across the UK with weekly tap takeovers from some of our favourite breweries. View 2019 Brewery Residencies.

Open from 17 April.

The Other Study bar with customers

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

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

Open from 1 May.

Apothecary cocktail

River Stage Festival Gallery

Image (The Glory) by James Bellorini.