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River Stage 2022

Weekends from 15 July to 14 August

National Theatre

River Stage 2022

For the first time since 2019 the National Theatre’s River Stage festival will return to the South Bank. Over five weekends, starting in July, leading arts and performance companies will take over the stage to celebrate the best of British culture including performances from drag artists, dance performances, live streamed theatre and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

Returning from 15 July to 14 August to bring you 5 weekends of extraordinary entertainment.

This year’s take-over partners are: The Glory, HOME Manchester, Hackney Empire Young ProducersHofesh Shechter Company, with the final closing party brought to you by the National Theatre.

Get ready for a whole host of great acts bringing music, dance, family workshops, theatre, club nights and so much more to the South Bank.

Full line up to be announced soon. 

15 – 17 July: The Glory

Hosted and curated by The Glory’s veritable Grande-Dames of drag and performance, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. The weekend will feature sing and dance-a-longs; a celebration of 50 Years of Gay Pride and star turns from leading Glory artists and DJ sets from our favourite club nights. 

The Glory

22 – 24 July: HOME

HOME returns to the National Theatre's River Stage to bring the best of Manchester (and beyond) to the South bank.
Expect music, yoga, shows for families, drag and DJs. 


29 - 31 July: Hackney Empire Young Producers

The next generation of young producers, aged 14-21, showcase the last 120 years of unforgettable experiences at Hackney Empire and beyond. As a group of young creatives, the Hackney Empire Young Producers will bring a weekend of pure talent, pure energy and pure vibez.

Hackney Empire Young Producers logo in white on a pink background

5 – 7 August: Hofesh Shechter Company

The award winning Hofesh Shechter Company invite you to join them for an unforgettable weekend on the River Stage. With dance performances, including an exclusive look at the company’s latest work.

Hofesh Schecter logo in white on red background

12 – 14 August: National Theatre

The National Theatre will bring the festival to a close by throwing its doors open and letting the creativity spill out. The weekend will be jam-packed with the very best in family theatre, dance, workshops, music, NT Live screenings and much more. 

National Theatre