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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Social Tea Dance at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 21 Aug 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 21 Aug 2019
performance & dance
dance
Stretch out summer with one last tea dance for the season
Stretch out summer with one last tea dance for the season
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & dance
dance
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Francois Chaignaud, dancer
Various times
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Various times | Thu 22 Aug 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Figure A Sea, dance performance
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
performance & dance
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
7:30 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and...
The Laughing Leopard
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Cardbard Citizens workshop

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Take your part in an interactive theatre piece that shines a light on homelessness
Take your part in an interactive theatre piece that shines a light on homelessness
Akademi at Southbank Centre
6:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
performance & dance
dance
Cross spiritual and physical borders in South Asian dance works by three female choreographers
Cross spiritual and physical borders in South Asian dance works by three female choreographers
James Richardson, TV presenter
8:00 pm
Mon 30 Sep 2019
8:00 pm | Mon 30 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry
Reckless Sleepers
Various times
11 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
Various times | 11 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
It's a love story. It's a slapstick comedy. It's slasher, action, melodrama - and not a word is spoken
It's a love story. It's a slapstick comedy. It's slasher, action, melodrama - and not...
Oona Doherty, dancer
8:00 pm
Fri 11 Oct 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 11 Oct 2019
performance & dance
dance
The dancer and choreographer delves deep into the psyche of her native Belfast
The dancer and choreographer delves deep into the psyche of her native Belfast
Out of Order
Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns erupt in uneasy mayhem
Under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns erupt in uneasy mayhem
7:45 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Part philosophical monologue, part whimsical dance performance, wholly original
Part philosophical monologue, part whimsical dance performance, wholly original
My Name is My Own at Southbank Centre
10:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
performance & theatre
literature & poetry
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Break dancers

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 21 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Mon 21 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
Family drumming

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Let the tale of Anansi weave its web around you in a storytelling session inspired by the spiderman
Let the tale of Anansi weave its web around you in a storytelling session inspired by the spiderman
I Believe in Unicorns, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s children's book
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s...
Baby Yaga, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on
Tales from the Library Attic

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
performance & theatre
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance

Free

Free

10:30 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Hannah Gadsby, comedian
Various times
25 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 25 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Australian comedian found her voice with Nanette, and with Douglas she plans to use it
The Australian comedian found her voice with Nanette, and with Douglas she plans to use it
An audience at Southbank Centre

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2:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Drawn from oral traditions, fairy tales distil our dreams and fears into stories
Drawn from oral traditions, fairy tales distil our dreams and fears into stories
Jimeoin, comedian
Various times
Sat 02 Nov 2019
Various times | Sat 02 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
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
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Various times
4 Nov 2019 - 5 Nov 2019
Various times | 4 Nov 2019 - 5 Nov 2019
performance & dance
dance
Four dancers inhabit the highly charged world of the artist Egon Schiele
Four dancers inhabit the highly charged world of the artist Egon Schiele
Maria Friedman, actor
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
An unforgettable evening of timeless stories and truly exceptional cabaret from the West End star
An unforgettable evening of timeless stories and truly exceptional cabaret from the West End star
Lisa and Rachel of Bunny Productions
Various times
11 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019
Various times | 11 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there's a problem: they don’t have any ideas
Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there's a problem: they don’t have any ideas
Dave Gorman, comedian
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint...
Travis Alabanza, performance artist
Various times
29 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019
Various times | 29 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Performance artist Travis Alabanza considers hurled words, thrown objects and dodged burgers
Performance artist Travis Alabanza considers hurled words, thrown objects and dodged burgers
Liza Pulman, Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson  holding  martini glasses
Various times
10 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 10 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The songs are mostly topical, the glamour unstoppable: Britain’s greatest cabaret trio are back!
The songs are mostly topical, the glamour unstoppable: Britain’s greatest cabaret trio are back!
A man looking at puppet horse in Black Beauty production
Various times
14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Sandi Toksvig, writer and broadcaster
7:30 pm
Thu 23 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 23 Jan 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
Igudesman & Joo, classical duo
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
classical music
performance & dance
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
Iain Stirling, comedian
8:00 pm
Thu 12 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 12 Mar 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
How do people manage to be normal? The Love Island star mulls it over in his brand new stand-up show
How do people manage to be normal? The Love Island star mulls it over in his brand new stand-up show
KODO, drumming group
Various times
13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
gigs
folk & world
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show

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Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
15 Aug - 26 Aug
performance & dance
dance
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
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