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Underbelly Festival at the South Bank

Regular readers of SEEN will know that the South Bank is our favourite place to be in all seasons; so welcome the Spring with the Underbelly Festival – a new multi-arts extravaganza on London’s South Bank running from 28th April – 30th September 2017.


Underbelly Festival will build on the success of Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground – two of the capital’s biggest festivals of their kind over the past eight and five years respectively – taking place on the same site and continuing to present London’s largest programme of affordable comedy, circus, cabaret and children’s shows, in a city-centre festival environment with a great range of street food and one of the largest outdoor bars in London.


Underbelly Directors Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood said: “This year’s programme is one of our strongest yet on the Southbank and we’re delighted to continue our commitment to bring London’s largest programme of affordable live entertainment to the heart of the capital.”

Since 2009, just under a million people have bought tickets to shows at Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground. Underbelly Festival will consolidate the company’s two established South Bank festivals into one enormous festival experience, which will become a London hub for the Underbelly brand as the company continues to expand its operations both as a producer of live events and festivals, and of shows and tours.


Highlights of Underbelly Festival’s 2017 season include: the London premiere of Driftwood from acclaimed Australian circus company Casus (Knee Deep), described as “awe-inspiring” by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner;
The London premiere of Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Catch Me (Attrape Moi) from Flip FabriQue, the impossibly athletic Quebecois troupe that “projects an irrepressible spirit of fun” with “acts that don’t seem humanly possible” according to the New York Times; the UK premiere and longest ever London run from the original cocks of the walk, the cult boylesque cirque-cabaret act known as Briefs, who will unveil their first new show in four years following their internationally acclaimed Second Coming.


Joining them will be a cavalcade of the very finest in stand-up, musical, alternative and sketch comedy, as well as cabaret, circus, puppetry, magic, and family entertainment with something to suit all ages, and shows on every day. Highlights on sale this week include James Acaster, Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Ed Gamble, Angelos and Barry, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Gameshows, House of Burlesque and Stephen K Amos. More shows for the inaugural Underbelly Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

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