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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Operation Black Antler
Various times
3 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Various times | 3 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Go undercover for one night to infiltrate a covert protest group active on the fringes of society
Go undercover for one night to infiltrate a covert protest group active on the fringes of society
Tabby McTat. Image credit Robin Savage
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
Sat 06 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Apr 2019
Comedy
Performance & Dance
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
Kaleidoscope being performed on-stage
Various times
9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Various times | 9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and sounds
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and...
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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
Dog Without Feathers performed on stage
Various times
7 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Immerse yourself in the vision of Brazil conjured by Deborah Colker Dance Company’s new work
Immerse yourself in the vision of Brazil conjured by Deborah Colker Dance Company’s new work
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 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
The Light in the Piazza at Southbank Centre
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
Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
The Horne Section
7:45 pm
Sun 16 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 16 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
The Mother performed on stage
Various times
20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Various times | 20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
Emilie Jacomet in The Upsidedown Man
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
A women playing the violin

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Music, installation and spoken text: see Northern Ireland’s capital afresh with the Belfast Ensemble
Music, installation and spoken text: see Northern Ireland’s capital afresh with the Belfast...
Halka by Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger
7:30 pm
Thu 11 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Jul 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Thrill to Moroccan street life as acrobatics and music recreate the sights and sounds of the Maghreb
Thrill to Moroccan street life as acrobatics and music recreate the sights and sounds of the Maghreb
Still from Wolf Hall
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Zoonation Dancers breakdancing
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Travel through musical history at a toe-tapping ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a toe-tapping ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Figure A Sea, dance performance
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Jimeoin, comedian
6:30 pm
Sat 02 Nov 2019
6:30 pm | Sat 02 Nov 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
This Irishman from Australia is known as one of the true masters of live comedy
This Irishman from Australia is known as one of the true masters of live comedy
Igudesman & Joo, classical duo
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
Classical music
Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups

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24 Apr - 25 Apr
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Feel the fever of a visual theatre performance featuring vital movement and a pulsating score
3 Apr - 13 Apr
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Go undercover for one night to infiltrate a covert protest group active on the fringes of society
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