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River Stage 2022: National Theatre weekend

National Theatre

12 – 14 August 2022

River Stage 2022: National Theatre weekend

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.


Diane Chorley

Down the Flick
6.30pm - 10.45pm

A line-up worthy of the Royal Variety, including Le Gâteau Chocolat and Mawaan Rizwan, with some extra special guests and Diane's long-suffering partner Ron warming up the crowds with his mobile Karaoke.

Diane Chorley


Mumba Dodwell

All day

Mumba Dodwell is an actor, director, and facilitator. Her work centres around changing perceptions on who we can see in the theatre and bringing stories to light that are traditionally untold. Mumba is thrilled to be the compere for Saturday's River Stage performances.

Mumba Dodwell - Compere

Sam Sedgman

Adventures On Trains
12.30pm - 1.15pm

Join the bestselling children's novelist and learn the secrets of a great mystery story, as he shares the inner workings of his award-winning series Adventures on Trains. Discover the joy and wonder of rail travel, learn how to create a great detective, and plot a murder mystery with Sam live on stage.

Sam Sedgman

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Dance Workshop
1.30pm - 2.30pm

Join ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company for an action packed afternoon. We'll kick off with a dance workshop with ZooNation's Isaac 'Turbo' Baptiste, (The Mad Hatter's Tea Party). No experience needed, open to all levels, just bring your dancing shoes and learn some ZooNation moves.

ZooNation Dance company - dancing around a long table

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

ZooNation Youth Company
2.30pm - 2.45pm

ZYC will perform a thrilling extract from their latest work Everland, commissioned by the Royal Opera House. The work explores growing up and the emotional path to adulthood, co-created by the company's Artistic Director Kendra Horsburgh, contributing choreographers and the company. 

 ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - young dancers

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

DJ Walde
2.45pm - 3.45pm

Following the performance, it's your turn, join ZYC members in kicking off a social dance jam to all your favourite Hip Hop classics, with a DJ set from ZooNation's very own Musical Director, D.J. Walde.                                                                                    

ZooNation: DJ Walde working the turntables

Space to Create

3.45pm - 4.20pm

40 young performers, six days, two bold new pieces of theatre.  This is your chance to watch the final sharing from Summer Space to Create 22. A part of the National Theatre’s Young People’s Programme where young performers collaborate with professional theatre makers to create new work. 

Space to Create

Some Voices

London's coolest choir
4.30pm - 5.00pm

Some Voices is bringing an iconic summer set list to the River Stage. Known for their spectacular harmonies and high-octane performances, expect feel-good pop and sing-a-long classics, all with a bit of a twist. They are the choir that brings the party.

Some Voices

Shirt Tail Stompers

& Charleston workshop with Lizzi Gee
5.30pm - 6.45pm

Top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers have been making waves across the world. Expect singing, dancing and a lot of fun. Jack Absolute Flies Again choreographer Lizzi Gee will join the band teaching all things Charleston. 

Shirt Tail Stompers

Jack Absolute Flies Again

NT Live Captioned Screening
7.15pm - 10.45pm

Jack Absolute Flies Again is broadcast live to the River Stage! Streaming from the Olivier Theatre, you can enjoy this rollicking new comedy on a big screen in the open air. Recommended for ages 12+ - find out more about the show.                                                                                    


Yoga with Jenny Hayes

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha Yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid, moving meditation. 

Riverside yoga

Old Dirty Brasstards

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Tweed-clad 10-piece brass powerhouse, Old Dirty Brasstards, burst on the scene in 2012 with their exhilarating party jams and unique interpretations of indie classics! Join them on the South Bank as they close the River Stage festival in style.

Old Dirty Brasstards in concert

Little Angel Theatre Puppet Making Workshop

1.30pm - 2.15pm

Celebrate the art of puppetry by building and decorating your own pop-up puppets. Once made, you will help bring the puppets come to life as they take to the stage. A family activity for children aged 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Little Angel Puppetry Workshop for families

Elaha Soroor

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Embodying the complexities and nuances of society, engaging and challenging audiences not only musically, but intellectually. A mixture of Afghan folk music and a variety of musical styles. Feautring Giuliano Modarelli, Joost Hendrickx, and Olivia Moore

Elaha Soroor

River Stage weekend takeovers