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River Stage Festival Weekend: The Glory

The Glory

5 – 7 July

River Stage Festival Weekend: 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.

For more on The Glory, visit their website.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of our 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 Otherstudy riverside pop-up bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.


Grand Opening

18.30 – 20.00

The Glory’s residency on the River Stage kicks off with two reigning queens from either side of the Thames Estuary. From the south side is The Glory’s own Kentish queen, Jonny Woo and, from the Essex shoreline, the Duchess of Canvey herself, Diane Chorley. Shoulder pads, tight perms and bleached jeans. High glamour and high jinx, South East England style.

Diane Chorley


20.30 – 21.00

Drag legend John Sizzle hosts this splendid showcase, boasting a string of star turns from London’s most talked-about drag battle LIPSYNC1000! See favourites from the competition’s last five years. Big pop moments! Big reveals! But only one will be crowned our River Stage Queen 2019! Bring it girls! 

Lipsync 1000

We LOVE EU Party

21.00 – 22.45

Europhile Jonny Woo is joined by sprightly Spaniard Mariano Robles (Toilet Disco) to bring you sounds of the continent in this love letter to our queer EU family. Italian disco, Swedish pop, French house and Spanish flavour are just some of the musical offerings. European drag pop-ups from our continental queens and lots of gratuitous EU flag waving. 

We Love EU Party


The Baby Lame Poop Show

13.00 – 14.00

A brand new family-friendly cabaret extravaganza to kick off the day's Pride celebrations from one of East London’s biggest underground stars and total gender-clown Baby Lame! A proper treat for creative kids – expect mayhem, mess and mania – with a cast of London’s finest, most colourful alternative cabaret starlets.

Baby Lame

The Sex Shells

14.15 – 15.15

Having recently sold out the Soho Theatre, this naughty quartet bring their inimitable covers of popular songs to the River Stage. Costumed to the hilt, bringing ruffles, capes and tiaras Thames-side, this sassy trope will leave you giggling in the sunshine.

The Sex Shells

Bitten Peach

15.30 – 16.30

London’s leading queer Pan-Asian cabaret collective ‘Bitten Peach’. Hosted by ShayShay and featuring a spectacular line-up of the UK’s legendary queens and kings. London’s newest Asian sensation swings onto the River Stage to bring you drag, burlesque, cabaret and, of course, K-pop!

Bitten Peach

Man Up Drag Kings!

16.30 – 17.30

The Glory showcases female-bodied, trans and non-binary artists this Pride, with the stars from London’s fast-emerging drag king scene, as featured in their annual tournament MAN UP. Bringing a range of comedy, lip-sync, live singing and dance – come see this smouldering action-packed showdown!

Man Up Drag Kings

Judy Garland Celebration

17.30 – 18.30

The Glory marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with this very special tribute to the most celebrated of all gay icons, Judy Garland. It was on the night of a special screening of Judy Garland films at the Stonewall Inn in New York, following her death in 1969, that the NYPD decided to make one of their loathed raids against the LGBT community. On this night though, the queer community was out in force and fought back. Acclaimed playwright and actor Alexis Gregory opens the celebration with an excerpt from his play, Riot, detailing that very moment. Our best singers and lipsync stars then take to the stage to give us their interpretation of Judy Garland classics in honour of this milestone moment in queer history.

Judy Garland Celebration

Pride Parade

18.30 – 19.00

The Glory celebrates Pride in makeshift cardboard float style. March down Pride memory lane to a soundtrack from Pride days gone by, hosted by Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. When club floats blasted music down the streets, the miners band led the parade, and we all took a long walk to Kennington Park to dance in a marquee until sunset. 

Pride Parade

Ultimate Kylie!

19.00 – 21.00

The Glory marks Pride on the River Stage with a big juicy chunk of Kylie fever! Starring John Sizzle, Rudi Douglas, Margo Marshall and more, with all your favourite moments from the career of the undisputable princess of pop. Put your hand on your heart and get those golden hot pants on – we’re going to do the 'Loco-motion'!

Kylie Minogue

Pride Anthem Party

21.00 – 22.45

Join the team behind London’s trailblazing LGBTQ+ performance venue, The Glory, for their sensational alternative Pride party. Once you’ve finished marching in town, join us over the rainbow for the most celebratory alternative pride festival EVER – outdoors, beside the Thames, and free! Big DJs, big mirror balls – big sing-a-longs.

Pride Anthem Party


Drag Life Drawing

12.30 – 14.00

Back for its fourth year – this family-friendly life-drawing session is fabulous for all ages. All materials provided or bring your own, with fun live commentary from Jonny Woo and expert tuition from Sketch Sesh’s James Davison and Simon Nicholas Gray. Little ones can draw a wondrous masterpiece to take pride of place on your fridge until next year! 

Drag Life Drawing

Sunday Brunch with Sizzle & Ginger

14.00 – 15.30

This sunny morning, a live parody of TV brunch shows, starring award-winning pantomime dame Ginger Johnson. Expect horoscopes, live cookery, special guests and world-class patter. Take in the gorgeous daywear and clip-on earrings, watch Ginger and guests try to bake a hot Dad, and feast on your own brunch from the National Theatre’s food partners.

Brunch 1280x720

Big Gay Gala

15.30 – 17.00

It’s the end of Pride 2019, marking 50 years of LGBT+ movement and The Glory's celebrating with the songs that made us gay. Jonny Woo is joined by Rudi Douglas, singing your favourite songs by gay icons. All songs have a story and significance to our shared queer history. Expect familiar faces from The Glory’s repertoire and huge looks to end a legendary weekend.

Big Gay Gala

Summer pop-ups

Cheese Iron

Tasty grilled sandwiches made with British cheeses and plenty of cheesy sides.

Cheese Iron Toastie at the National Theatre

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

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

Apothecary cocktail


Our vintage van serves a range of Northern Bloc’s irresistible ice creams, made with 100% natural ingredients. Including gluten free and vegan options.

Northern Bloc ice-cream

River Stage weekend takeovers