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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The Portal at Southbank Centre
Various times
21 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Find yourself in an immersive theatrical experience that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture
Find yourself in an immersive theatrical experience that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture
Convenience Store Woman
7:45 pm
Mon 27 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 27 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Malory Towers production on stage
Various times
29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
Various times | 29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
James Veitch, comedian
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Sep 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
Julia Conway dancing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Sep 2020
performance & dance
dance
Poised at the brink of stardom, dancers from the English National Ballet compete for one award
Poised at the brink of stardom, dancers from the English National Ballet compete for one award
Harriet Tubman: Scenes from a Life on stage

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
performance & dance
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
Sophie Duker, comedian and writer
8:45 pm
Fri 09 Oct 2020
8:45 pm | Fri 09 Oct 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Buckle up for this sexy, silly, savage night of stand-up from the comedian and podcast host
Buckle up for this sexy, silly, savage night of stand-up from the comedian and podcast host
Bring It On, performers from broadway musical
Various times
9 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021
Various times | 9 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021
performance & dance
accessible events
The hit Broadway cheerleading musical backflips into the UK: a tale of friendship and forgiveness
The hit Broadway cheerleading musical backflips into the UK: a tale of friendship and forgiveness
Iain Stirling, comedian
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Apr 2021
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Apr 2021
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
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
Kaash performance on-stage
Various times
10 Apr 2021 - 13 Apr 2021
Various times | 10 Apr 2021 - 13 Apr 2021
performance & dance
dance
Hindu Gods, black holes and Indian time cycles are among the inspirations for Akram Khan's dance work
Hindu Gods, black holes and Indian time cycles are among the inspirations for Akram Khan's...
Adam Buxton, comedian
7:30 pm
Sun 25 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 25 Apr 2021
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers it all
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers...
David Baddiel, comedian
8:00 pm
Thu 29 Apr 2021
8:00 pm | Thu 29 Apr 2021
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
Stewart Lee, comedian
Various times
18 May 2021 - 23 May 2021
Various times | 18 May 2021 - 23 May 2021
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedian The Times called the 'world’s greatest living stand-up' questions his own worth
The comedian The Times called the 'world’s greatest living stand-up' questions his own...

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