performance & dance

Dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret and all sorts in between, brought to you by international artists and up and coming names. With a passion for works that defy categorisation, Southbank Centre is the place to see things you have never seen on stage before.

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Southbank Centre has been a central pole of my cultural tent since I moved to London 30 years ago, with early 1990s shows hosted by the London Musicians' Collective being especially important to my post-provincial discovery of cool metro-shit.
Stewart Lee, comedian and writer
Iceland Dance Company’s bonkers Sacrifice, appearing as part of Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters, was one of the most distinctive events of the year. Billed as “a festival of common things made holy”... it was frequently bizarre, sometimes wilfully boring, but also hypnotic and hilarious.
Zoe Anderson, The Independent

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A scene from BACKUP, two women with polar bears
Various times
21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Various times | 21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical theatre
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical...
Thom Monckton, entertainer
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Two performers on stage as part of Lao Can Impression at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
30 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019
7:45 pm | 30 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
The Young'uns, folk trio performing on stage
Various times
9 Feb 2019 - 9 Feb 2019
Various times | 9 Feb 2019 - 9 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
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Mothers and Babies at a Performance
11:00 am
14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Have grown-up giggles at an afternoon comedy club - and bring the baby along
Have grown-up giggles at an afternoon comedy club - and bring the baby along
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The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Various times
31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show

Free

Free

11:00 am
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Captain Flinn:The Magic Cutlass
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
book cover for The Day I Fell into a Book
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
7:30 pm
22 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 22 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Laughs are the answer in this barrier-breaking show from Lebanese-American comedian Nemr
Laughs are the answer in this barrier-breaking show from Lebanese-American comedian Nemr

Free

Free

10:30 am
27 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 27 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Various times
1 Mar 2019 - 2 Mar 2019
Various times | 1 Mar 2019 - 2 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Journey into the distant future on a voyage of revelations in this dance theatre show
Journey into the distant future on a voyage of revelations in this dance theatre show
Illustration of Matt Forde riding a rollercoaster with political figures
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian
Move 37 illustration
7:45 pm
14 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | 14 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
Tabby McTat. Image credit: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Various times
6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Various times | 6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book
A heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's...
Marc Maron, stand-up comedian
7:30 pm
6 Apr 2019 - 6 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | 6 Apr 2019 - 6 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
The stand-up and podcaster returns to the UK with his raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy
The stand-up and podcaster returns to the UK with his raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy
On The High Road by Clod Ensemble
Various times
24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
Various times | 24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Feel the fever of a visual theatre performance featuring vital movement and a pulsating score
Feel the fever of a visual theatre performance featuring vital movement and a pulsating score
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
28 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | 28 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
Various times
14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Various times | 14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Performance & Dance
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical

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20 Jun - 21 Jun
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
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