London Wonderground opens today with a host of cabaret, circus, burlesque, comedy, drag and family friendly shows.
London Wonderground returns to the Southbank for another fabulous season of glitz, glamour and entertainment. Headlining the Spiegeltent this year is the world premiere of the Wild West circus-cabaret The Raunch – featuring a raucous range of circus skills, captivating music and filthy humour from a motley crew of cowboys, braves and blaggards.
Canadian troupe Cirque Alfonse showcase the London premiere of their electro-trad circus-cabaret epic Barbu – one of the breakout hits of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The extensive programme of cabaret, circus and burlesque features the return of Australian boylesque group Briefs, burlesque superstar Miss Polly Rae in sensual cabaret spectacular Between The Sheets, the surreal and hilarious East End Cabaret with Club Perverts, the haunting and beautiful Black Cat Cabaret, interactive anarchy in Miss Behave’s Game Show and a twisted tribute to Edith Piaf from the Tiger Lillies.
Comedy acts include live performances from television stars Debra Stephenson and Jess Robinson, theatrical comedy spectaculars in Sh*t-Faced Showtime (Pirates of Penzance from those Shakespeare drunkards) and Twelfth Night With Comedians, and some of the most dazzling drag and character comedy in the world, including c*untry singing sensation Tina C, bad granny Ida Barr, the queen of Ireland Panti Bliss, Rotherham’s least-celebrated daughter Myra Dubois, and one of the original cast of Pruscilla Queen of the Desert, Trevor Ashley as Liza.
Family friendly entertainment includes DIY circus from Trash Test Dummies, Metta Theatre’s ebullient mixture of dance, puppetry and spoken work, which combine to create a brand new adaptation of Kipling’s Jungle Book, time-travelling magic from Morgan and West, lessons in rock’n’roll from the award-winning Tess Waters in How To Be A Rockstar, installation storytelling from Bedtime Stories, beatboxing adventures with Shlomo and a dance party for the whole family in Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dancehall.
Based on the Southbank, London Wonderground combines live entertainment with an excellent range of street food and drink and is fast becoming one of the coolest outdoor drinking spots in the city.