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Unmissable entertainment on the South Bank

Staging your summer

Your guide to what's on from June until September

River Stage 2022, runs from 15 July to 14 August

River Stage: 15 July – 14 August

For the first time since 2019, our free outdoor festival returns for five weekends packed with music, dance and unforgettable live performances.

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Summer outside at The Understudy, people sitting at tables in the evening sun

Summer of KERB at the National Theatre

Our friends at KERB are back with their open-air market featuring some of London’s best summertime street food and locally sourced drinks.

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Playing in our theatres

Middle with Claire Rushbrook and Daniel Ryan standing in a kitchen, each looking at their mobile phones


Claire Rushbrook (Ali & Ava) and Daniel Ryan (The Bay) feature in this raw, touching and funny portrait of a marriage by David Eldridge (Beginning).

Playing until 18 June in our Dorfman theatre.


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Shubham Saraf as Nathuram Godse, wearing a crumpled beige open-collared top, looking upwards, in the foreground, with Paul Bazely as Gandhi, out of focus in the background the left, with Gandhi's shadow on the stage backdrop on the right.

The Father and the Assassin

The story of the man who murdered Gandhi.

‘Brilliantly entertaining. A production that has magic to spare.’​ (★★★★★ Time Out)

A gripping new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar, one India's most exciting playwrights.

Playing until 18 June in our Olivier theatre.

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NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again poster image with Laurie Davidson in RAF flying jacket and hat and goggles, and Natalie Simpson in an Air Transport Auxilliary uniform.

Jack Absolute Flies Again

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

Cast includes Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Cats), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale).

From 2 July in our Olivier theatre.

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Much Ado About Nothing - photo fo Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan in an open-top red sports car.

Much Ado About Nothing

Escape to the Italian Riviera with Shakespeare’s timeless romantic comedy.

Cast includes Katherine Parkinson (Home, I'm DarlingThe IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (DraculaShe Stoops to Conquer).​

From 7 July in our Lyttelton theatre.

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All of Us - photo of Francesca Martinez in an urban setting, with two cast members, out of focus, behind her

All of Us

A passionate new play from award-winning author, comedian and actor Francesca Martinez.

Click below to watch an exclusive interview with Francesca and director Ian Rickson (Paradise, Translations).

From 27 July in our Dorfman theatre.

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The Crucible - cast members heads against sky

The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s parable of power and its abuse returns in an urgent new staging by director Lyndsey Turner.

From 14 September in our Olivier theatre.  



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Blues For An Alabama Sky

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Lynette Linton directs this extraordinary play by Pearl Cleage, set during the Harlem Renaissance. 

Cast includes Ronkẹ AdékoluẹjoOsy IkhileSule RimiGiles Terera and Samira Wiley.

From 20 September in the Lyttelton theatre.

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