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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Fun in the Sun - July Social Tea Dance

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
performance & dance
dance
Twirl into autumn as the leaves turn outside in our first tea dance of the season
Twirl into autumn as the leaves turn outside in our first tea dance of the season
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
Matt Forde, comedian
8:00 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Broken pledges. Fake deadlines. And that’s just Britain’s leading political comedian
Broken pledges. Fake deadlines. And that’s just Britain’s leading political comedian
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
Indian Classical dancers
7:45 pm
Mon 14 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 14 Oct 2019
performance & dance
dance
A vision comes to life in a grand operatic musical featuring leading dance and vocal stars from South India
A vision comes to life in a grand operatic musical featuring leading dance and vocal stars from...

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
performance & dance
dance
Get ready to rhumba, tango, waltz and more with our expert DJ
Get ready to rhumba, tango, waltz and more with our expert DJ
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
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
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

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 13 Nov 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 13 Nov 2019
performance & dance
dance
It may be cold outside, but you can shimmy away the winter chill at this month's fun and free tea dance
It may be cold outside, but you can shimmy away the winter chill at this month's fun and free...
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...
Hengameh Akhavan
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Setting the benchmark for classical Persian music, the influential singer gives a rare performance
Setting the benchmark for classical Persian music, the influential singer gives a rare performance
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!

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
Drag Syndrome on free outdoor stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Get glitzy this winter with the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome
Get glitzy this winter with the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s...
Gamelan Dancer at the Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Wed 18 Dec 2019
5:00 pm | Wed 18 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
Ring in the festive season with beautiful gamelan music and dance from Java, Indonesia
Ring in the festive season with beautiful gamelan music and dance from Java, Indonesia
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

Free

Free

9:45 pm
Fri 20 Dec 2019
9:45 pm | Fri 20 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Audience members and performer smiling

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 21 Dec 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 21 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+ community
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+...
Audience members at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 22 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 22 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Peel the paper off tales, poems and seasonal anecdotes in a festive celebration of storytelling
Peel the paper off tales, poems and seasonal anecdotes in a festive celebration of storytelling

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Tue 24 Dec 2019
12:00 pm | Tue 24 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Two men dancing the tango

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 26 Dec 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 26 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
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
accessible events
british sign language
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

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 01 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 01 Jan 2020
gigs
folk & world
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
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
Drawing on a (Grand) Mother's Experience at WOW
Various times
Sun 08 Mar 2020
Various times | Sun 08 Mar 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Legendary artist Bobby Baker revives her sell-out feminist performance exploring motherhood
Legendary artist Bobby Baker revives her sell-out feminist performance exploring motherhood
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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12 Oct - 14 Oct
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns erupt in uneasy mayhem
11 Oct
performance & dance
dance
The dancer and choreographer delves deep into the psyche of her native Belfast
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