Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

River Stage National Theatre 2024, London

5 July - 28 July


River Stage National Theatre returns to London in July.

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River Stage National Theatre is the biggest free outdoor arts festival in the UK capital. It takes place at the National Theatre (NT) on London‘s Southbank from 5 to 28 July. This year will be the eighth time the festival has been put on at weekends outside the NT.

The free arts festival will include music, dance, and theatre spread across four weekends in the summer.

National Theatre River Stage 2024

From 5 to 7 July The Glory will return to the River Stage for the eighth year with drag performances by Jonny Woo and John Sizzle.

The following weekend (12-14 July) will see Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) curate a programme of circus, street theatre and dance in the build up to GDIF 2024.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival's 'The Air Between Us' performed by wheelchair user Rodney Bell and Chloe Loftus at the top of Greenwich Park. Photograph by David Levene 26/8/23
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival’s ‘The Air Between Us’ Photograph by David Levene 26/8/23

The Rambert dance company will bring their dynamic performances to the stage from 19 to 21 July, as well as providing you with the opportunity to learn some new steps.

The festival concludes with the National Theatre bringing family theatre, workshops and tours of the building from 26 to 28 July.

Across the festival riverside bar KERB will be serving up great London street food and beer from Two Tribes.

When is National Theatre River Stage 2024?

It will take place from 5 to 28 (Friday to Sunday) starting at 6:30 pm on the Friday and finishing at 11pm. On Saturday and Sunday it will start at noon, finishing at 11pm on Saturdays, and 6pm on Sundays.

Where Is It?

The free festival in London will be at the River Stage National Theatre.

Things to Do on London Southbank

London’s Southbank is one of the most vibrant parts of the UK capital. Not only is there the London Eye, Tate Modern and the National Theatre, but lots of space to just chill with a cool drink on a long summer’s evening. Join our sister publication London Begins at 40 on a Southbank London Walk.

Main image: Jonny Woo at National Theatre River Stage photographed by Sophie Wedgewood.


5 July
28 July


River Stage
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London,SE1 9PXUnited Kingdom
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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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