National Theatre River Stage, London

National Theatre River Stage, London

July 5 - July 28

National Theatre River Stage, Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom

The National Theatre River Stage is the largest free outdoor arts festival in the capital of the United Kingdom. It originated in 2012 as an initiative of the National Theatre of Great Britain with the aim of making theatrical art more accessible to a wide audience. Since then, River Stage has become one of the most anticipated cultural events in London's summer calendar, attracting thousands of theater-goers and art lovers from all over the world.

Program and Highlights

This year, the River Stage 2024 festival will take place from July 5 to July 28

This year, the River Stage 2024 festival will take place from July 5 to July 28 on the grounds of the National Theatre in London. The festival program promises to be rich and diverse, encompassing a wide range of genres and styles - from classic plays to contemporary experimental productions.

One of the main events will be the premiere of a new production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" directed by Sam Mendes. Also featured will be plays based on the works of Chekhov, Williams, and Wilde.

The program includes performances by well-known artists and groups such as The Glory with Johnny Woo and John Sizzle (July 5-7), the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival with circus, street, and dance performances (July 12-14), dynamic numbers by the Rambert company with master classes (July 19-21). The festival will conclude with family theater, workshops, and tours of the National Theatre (July 26-28).

How to Get There

The National Theatre River Stage is located in Upper Ground on the banks of the Thames. You can get there by tube (nearest stations Waterloo and Embankment), bus (stops Waterloo Bridge, Waterloo Road), taxi, private car (parking on Upper Ground and Waterloo Road), or river tram (National Theatre pier).

Tips for Visitors

  1. Book tickets in advance as the performances are popular.
  2. Bring warm clothing as evenings can be cool.
  3. Visit the restaurants or bars of the National Theatre before the performance or during intermission.
  4. If you are coming from afar, book accommodation nearby in advance.
  5. Familiarize yourself with London's cultural program during the festival.

At the CURB bar on the riverbank opposite the festival, you'll be offered London street food and beer from Two Tribes.

The festival will take place on weekends from July 5 to July 28. Opening hours: Fri 6:30 PM-11:00 PM, Sat 12:00 PM-11:00 PM, Sun 12:00 PM-6:00 PM.

The Southbank area, where River Stage takes place, is very lively. Here you'll find the London Eye, Tate Modern, and many places to relax. Take a stroll through Southbank to enjoy the atmosphere.

The National Theatre River Stage 2024 is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of outdoor theatrical art with picturesque views of the Thames. Don't miss this vibrant cultural event of the summer in London!