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River Stage weekend takeover: National Theatre

25 to 28 August

River Stage weekend takeover: National Theatre

A bank holiday weekend mix of live music, DJs, tea dance and family theatre, as well as an outdoor cinema screening.

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 made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from the Understudy Riverside Pop-Up Bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

Friday

Concrete Disco

18:00 – 19:00

Brothers Dom & Joe put their sibling rivalry to good use and join forces behind the decks to get the August bank holiday started in style. Expect multiple sonic layers of disco and mashups galore!

Hackney Colliery Band

19:30 – 21:00

Influenced as much by contemporary rock and electronica as they are by New Orleans brass or the traditional British brass to which their name pays homage, BBC Radio 2 described HCB as ‘one of the greatest live bands we have in this country’.

Amy Lamé

21:00 – 22:45

Amy Lamé is a broadcaster, writer, performer and DJ. She is London’s first Night Czar, and co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company Duckie. Amy’s debut book, ‘From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement’ – the first of its kind for young people in the UK - was published by Hachette in May 2017.

Amy Lamé

Saturday

Readings from Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen

12:00 – 13:00

Imaginative, funny and informative, M.G. Leonard brings the world of beetles to the River Stage, entertaining both adults and children with facts and extracts from her books Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen. ‘Truly great storytelling’ - Michael Morpurgo.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf

13:30 – 14:30

Goblin Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf is a new show that creates music with a variety of instruments, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative puppetry and physical comedy, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Goblin's River Stage Workshop

14:45 – 15:35

Create your own woodland characters as we explore Peter and the Wolf. In this drama and music workshop we will be looking at how different animals can be represented by sounds, movement and music. Recommended for ages 4 - 6 years.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Little Bulb Theatre

14:30 – 15:30

Hot Club de Bulb are an 8 piece gypsy jazz band performing their own arrangements of jazz standards, Django Reinhardt and Edith Piaf covers. Originally formed for their show ‘Orpheus’ (a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre) the band mix raucous hot jazz with sweet French Chanson.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf

16:00 – 17:00

Goblin Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf is a new show that creates music with a variety of instruments, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative puppetry and physical comedy, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Little Bulb Theatre - Hot Club de Bulb

17:15 – 18:15

Hot Club de Bulb are an 8 piece gypsy jazz band performing their own arrangements of jazz standards, Django Reinhardt and Edith Piaf covers. Originally formed for their show ‘Orpheus’ (a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre) the band mix raucous hot jazz with sweet French Chanson.

The Fontanelles

19:15 – 21:00

True London afrobeat heavyweights renowned for their infectious live energy and shows, The Fontanelles stay true to their roots as purveyors of the music of Fela Kuti, while bringing in sounds from Ethiopia, Minimalist textures, sun-drenched dub and righteous horn-led dancefloor groove.

Dom Search

21:00 – 22:45

Dom Search is a DJ and producer/songwriter, and is eclectic to say the least. Modern pop? It's a nutriblend of musical abandon - dancehall, drum’n’bass, reggae, roots, instrumental and actual hip hop, soul and soulful low-end boomp, ambient...the perfect party mix!

Sunday

Mrs H and the Sing-along Band

13:00 – 14:00

Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique family music to the River stage for the first time. Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

See more family activities at the NT here.

Tavaziva

14:15 – 14:45

A sneak preview of IZINDAVA, a dynamic new work synthesising ballet, contemporary and African dance. Created by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva, the work explores human fragility within our changing world and is a beautiful yet haunting work.

Mrs H and the Sing-along Band

15:00 – 16:00

Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique family music to the River stage for the first time. Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

Tavaziva

16:30 – 17:00

A sneak preview of IZINDAVA, a dynamic new work synthesising ballet, contemporary and African dance. Created by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva, the work explores human fragility within our changing world and is a beautiful yet haunting work.

Benji Bower

18:00 – 19:00

Bringing together some of the leading theatre musicians for an eclectic musical journey, Benji and Will take over River Stage with their unique sound that earned them Olivier award nominations for Hetty Feather and Cinderella a fairytale.

NT Live Outdoor Screening: Twelfth Night

19:30 – 22:30

For one night only, join us at the River Stage for a special, free outdoor screening of the National Theatre's Twelfth Night. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a twist on Shakespeare's whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

Monday

Tea Dance

13:00 – 16:00

Spend the afternoon dancing to the joyous live Ballroom Dance Band, with lessons from a professional dance instructor in various styles: Latin, jive, salsa and much more! Whether you're a newbie, or more expert at tripping the light fantastic, release those inhibitions and join the fun.

Nérija

17:00 – 18:00

Nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming musicians playing exciting music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK supporting jazz legens and performed at the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

Summer pop-ups

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

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

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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

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