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The Understudy at the National Theatre

Forthcoming Events

Check back regularly for our latest tap takeovers with the very best independent brewers from the UK, as well as special guest appearances from further afield.

All events are free, so save the date and we'll see you then!

For directions and current opening times, please refer to the main Understudy page.

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Understudy Tap Takeovers

29 September - Oktoberfest - Anspach & Hobday tap takeover

13 October - Burnt Mill tap takeover

2 November - Weird Beard tap takeover - Mexican Day of the Dead


Zilla Nights at the Understudy

Zilla Nights, the brain and musical child of DJ Blondezilla takes over the Understudy once a month, bringing the sunshine of the tropics to the Southbank, no matter what your weather app is telling you. Spinning a set of pan-African vinyl treats from every corner of the continent, you can expect anything from classic West African funk and Afrobeat, to 1970s Kenyan-Congolese fusion, Somalian pop, Senegalese Sabar music and beats from beyond the shores. Each month she'll be inviting a new and unique guest DJ to join her, playing music from old or new school Africa, the diaspora across the Caribbean and Latin America, and the melting pot of our very own London.

Free entry

Every Saturday 7pm - 1am

Music & DJs: DJ Blondzilla and D'Vo playing an assortment of music from the African diaspora


Oktoberfest with Anspach & Hobday

Join us at The Understudy for our weekend-long Oktoberfest tap takeover with Anspach & Hobday, showcasing a range of classic German styles.

From Das Hefeweizen to Die Berliner Weisse, take your taste buds on a tour of the nation with modern homages from A&H alongside traditional treats from the land itself.

Friday 28 September 5pm – 1am

Saturday 29 September 12noon – 1am

Sunday 30 September 12noon – 10pm