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London Wonderground

The playground for the people returned for a fifth year in 2016. It featured the best in cabaret, circus, comedy, music and kids' shows to delight and amaze, all taking place in a dazzling 1920s-style Spiegeltent. 

Indoor and outdoor bars, delicious bites to eat, a bandstand, fairground rides and sideshows at London Wonderground topped off this summer sizzler.

Find out what's on now at Southbank Centre

Headlining London Wonderground in 2016 was Cirque Alfonse’s Barbu, following their hit Southbank Centre production of Timber. Daring, daft and sexy as hell, this is cabaret as you’ve never seen it before.

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The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
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From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story
Get your toes tapping to music from the 1920s to the 1990s with this Spotify Playlist
The Academy award-winning art director on his incredible new project
What, or indeed who, is behind the popularity of Chinese sci-fi?
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument
The Brazilian has gone from child prodigy to piano legend
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Enjoy eight stand-out musical collaborations featuring The Who frontman
Watch the trailer for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s 2018/19 season

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