The National Theatre's River Stage returns this July with an exciting programme of live music, theatre, dance and more, curated by some of the UK’s leading arts venues. Over four weekends, the South Bank will come to life with performances alongside a delicious selection of independent food and drink from street food suppliers KERB.

This year’s River Stage partners include The Glory, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Rambert and the National Theatre.

The Glory: 5-7 July
The Glory is back for the eighth year to open another spectacular weekend on National Theatre’s River Stage 2024. The Glory’s Grande-Dames of drag and performance, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle, will host and curate a sensational line-up of top drag queens, kings, cabaret artists, DJs, and theatre makers to present a weekend of exciting free queer music, performance and hi-jinks.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival: 12-14 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival curates a celebratory programme of street theatre, dance and circus at the National Theatre’s River Stage, kicking off the one-month countdown to GDIF 2024. Join them for an extraordinary weekend of up-close performances that will immerse audiences of all ages in GDIF’s much-loved festival atmosphere and signature mash-up of vibrant, inclusive and disruptive summer fun.

Rambert: 19-21 July
The Rambert dance company, one of the world's most diverse companies of dancers, curate a weekend to remember at River Stage. Rambert, together with the dynamic artists they work with, will bring awe-inspiring dance performances and special guests across the weekend. There will be a chance for everyone to learn some new moves from Rambert’s extraordinary faculty of teachers.

National Theatre: 26-28 July
The National Theatre will once again bring the festival to a close by throwing its doors open and letting the creativity spill out, giving everyone the chance to experience the delights that our South Bank venue has to offer. Expect the very best in family theatre, dance, workshops, music, an NT Live screening and tours of the building.

Behind the scenes, the River Stage team is joined by the National Theatre Young Technicians in the delivery of two weekends for the festival. Launched in 2017, Young Technicians is the NT’s flagship technical training programme for young people aged 14-18, taking place both at the NT and nationwide to offer in-depth training for free to young people from groups currently underrepresented in the technical theatre industries. Participants work with the NT’s production team to develop practical skills across a variety of backstage roles, including lighting, sound, video and more.

Alongside The Understudy and the riverside bar, KERB will be serving up a range of London’s most exciting street food. Club Mexicana, Chicken Bandits and Baba Dhaba bring an array of delectable flavours whilst Hackney Gelato serve delicious, refreshing ice-cream. KERB will be partnering with Two Tribes on the bar for some of the finest cold beer.