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River Stage weekend takeover: The Glory

The Glory

28 to 30 July

River Stage weekend takeover: The Glory

THE GLORY PRESENTS: APOCALYPSTICK

East London’s most notorious establishment The Glory is back at the National Theatre! Expect a drag-fuelled weekend packed with fabulous back-to-back shows, surprise guests and parties! The Glory is considered the creative HQ of London’s alternative scene.

Don’t miss this annual outdoor showcase as drag landlords Jonny Woo and John Sizzle summon some of the capital’s finest stars out onto the sunny boards of the River Stage for one weekend only! Sequined to the max and prosecco on tap! 

This year The Glory tribe is feeling fiercer than ever. The world has changed since last summer – trouble is afoot - get ready for the “APOCALYPSTICK!” A weekend brought to you by radical fairies Figs in Wigs, Timberlina, Shesus & the Sistas and Sex Shells. Plus there’s Jonny Woo’s celebrated Edinburgh Festival hit Night of a Thousand Jay Astons, along with performance drag king and queen vagabonds and celebrated West End stars Le Gateau Chocolat and Richard Thomas. Family fun and anarchic parties all weekend long.

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

Friday

Luxury Hell

18:30 – 19:30

Jonny Woo kicks off the weekend with East London super group Luxury Hell, a blazing fusion of contemporary scene legends who will rock out the River Stage with funked-up alternative anthems.

The Glory Luxury Hell

The Unholy Hour

19:30 – 20:30

Welcome to the musical church of John Sizzle and the Miss-iah herself, Shesus, and the sexy habit-clad Sistas! Divine interventions, saintly sing-a-longs and musical miracles abound from these festival favourites.

The Glory Sheezuz

Lipsync1000 Allstars

20:30 – 21:30

Enjoy a dazzling selection of star turns from The Glory’s biggest and most prestigious drag queen competition LIPSYNC1000 beefed up with added butch allure from some Drag King sensations! Jutting their jaws, jiggling their bits and moving their lips to your favourite hits!

Glory Lipsync allstars

Apocalypstick Party!

21:30 – 22:45

It’s a new world order! London is burning tonight as a glamorous tribe of radical fairies, super queers, fashion freaks and punk queens gather outside the National Theatre for this hell-raising riverside rave! The world is ending, so put some lipstick on, and dance into the fire.

Apocalypstick Party!

Saturday

LOVE INN with Auntie Maureen & Timberlina

13:00 – 14:30

Join lovely, beardy drag legend Timberlina and his side-puss Auntie Maureen for this old-school “Love Inn”, a cheeky brunch-time boogie and request-filled family-friendly music sesh.

LOVE INN with Auntie Maureen & Timberlina

Homo Histories (Gay History Pageant)

14.30 – 15:15

Queer legends, past and present, aplenty! Meet Oscar Wilde and tennis champ Martina Navratilova.  And if there’s one thing history’s taught us – Madonna will steal the limelight.

Homo Histories

Figs In Wigs

15:15 – 16:15

Figs in Wigs, the UK's all-female performance troupe and the world's first non-singing, all-dancing Backstreet Boys tribute act. They do other stuff too but it’s all about the boys!

Figs In Wigs

Night of a 1000 Jay Astons

16:30 – 17:30

Don’t miss this revival of Jonny Woo’s cult Edinburgh Fringe show! A lip-synced musical “all about the slutty one from Bucks Fizz”. Follow the skirt-flinging story of the unstoppable Eurovision winner Jay Aston.

Night of a 1000 Jay Astons

Glory Lates Presents….

17:45 – 19:00

The Glory’s Grand Finale! Come and see a host of the greatest performers from their much-celebrated cabaret roster, starring RICHARD THOMAS, SEX SHELLS, JAIME NANCI, Le Gateaux Chocolat, Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, and more.

Glory Lates Presents….

Grizzle Go ABBA

19:00 – 20:45

Comedic duo John Sizzle and A Man To Pet bring ABBA to the stage. Mamma Mia – here we go again! They’ll talk ABBA, they sing ABBA, they are ABBA. Aren’t they? Did we mention ABBA?

Grizzle Go ABBA

80’s Armageddon Party

20:45 – 22:45

A glorious 80’s pop party meltdown. Duran, Spandau, Whitney, Madge & Michael! Let the Glory take you back to when shoulders were big and pop was BAD! Now That’s What I Call Music!

80’s Armageddon Party

Sunday

Drag life drawing

13:00 – 14:30

Join The Glory’s own life-drawing coaches James Davison, Simon Gray and host Jonny Woo for this special “drag life drawing” session. A live art class for all the family, with music, materials and special guests. Come along and draw a queen!

Drag life drawing

Sizzle’s Sunday Service

14:30 – 15:30

Laidback grooves, horoscopes and Prosecco possession. Kick back and enjoy the views at this chilled out Sunday sesh with DJ John Sizzle and friends.

Sizzle’s Sunday Service

Big Gay Songbook

15:30 – 17:00

The Glory’s campyloo piano bar returns for the grand finale of the weekends festivities. Join Jonny Woo, Rudi Douglas, Farrah and guests for The Big Gay Songbook. We’ll all sing the songs that make us gay in an old-school London boozer sing-a-long style with a glam twist.

River Stage Big Gay Songbook

Summer pop-ups

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

An outdoor pop-up cocktail bar on the river front.

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Ice Cream Van

Our vintage ice cream van selling soft serve ice cream, gelato and soft drinks.

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National Theatre Ice cream van

Garden Bar at the Green Room

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine on the grass in the Green Room Garden.

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Green Room Garden Bar

Pizza Van

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

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Pizza Van - pizzas in the oven