Underbelly Festival, London 2022

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Underbelly Festival returns to London in two fabulous locations

Underbelly Festival is back in London for the summer 2022, with shows now on sale for this unmissable festival! Underbelly will be taking over two exciting London locations: Earls Court and Cavendish Square.

Enjoy genre-defining cabaret, side-splitting comedy, and death-defying circus. Both locations will have refreshing summer drinks and delicious street food on offer from a wide range of pop-up vendors.

Show listing & ticket info below

La Clique, London 2022

La Clique

Venue: The Speigletent, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PU

Show Booking Period: 13 May 2022 – 3 July 2022

The original, trailblazing, genre-defining cabaret show returns to London this Spring, hot off the heels of sensational seasons in Singapore and Leicester Square at Christmas.

Born at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004 and subsequently travelling the world to international acclaim, La Clique is widely regarded as THE original Spiegeltent cabaret show that created a genre of its own with its award winning and superlative family of circus, cabaret and music performers and its unique and irreverent atmosphere.

Step inside Underbelly’s majestic Spiegeltent just off Oxford Circus for a uniquely La Clique night of the finest, funniest, phenomenal and awe inspiring cabaret.

Note: Contains partial nudity, strong language and reference to sex. Also has audience interaction and Haze & Fire.

London Comedy Allstars

Venue: The Speigletent, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PU

Show Booking Period: 6 May 2022 – 29 July 2022

Join us every Friday night for a huge line up of the best comedy talent on offer. London Comedy Allstars is your one-stop shop for the biggest laughs, the best location and your new favourite summer night out.

Previous performers have included: Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Sophie Duker, Rachel Fairburn, Ahir Shah, Sindhu Vee, Kae Kurd, Fern Brady, Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Kiri Pritchard- McClean, Dane Baptiste and Stuart Goldsmith.

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Yummy Iconic

Venue: The Speigletent, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PU

Show Booking Period: 5 July 2022 – 31 July 2022

Award magnets YUMMY are back in London due to popular demand! With a wild new show that celebrates and subverts cultural icons, legends, and superstars, YUMMY ICONIC is drag variety at its very best. With breathtaking burlesque, sensational circus, and outrageous drag acts, YUMMY has changed the world of drag cabaret and cemented its place in Australian performance history. From its humble beginnings as a club night in Melbourne to now being loved and adored internationally, YUMMY has won hearts and minds around the globe. Expect a powerful ensemble, side-splitting comedy, and out-of-this-world costumes. They can’t wait to bring their unique brand of salacious variety back to the main stage, but get in quickly as YUMMY are only in town for a limited time only.

Note: Contains nudity, strong language and refernce to sex. Also includes Audience interaction.

Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

Venue: Underbelly Festival, Empress Place, Earls Court, London SW6 1TT

Show Booking Period: 24 May 2022 – 18 June 2022

A dazzling display of speed, skill and flight lands in Earls Court this spring. Following their acclaimed production of Ethiopian Dreams, Circus Abyssinia returns with the exhilarating London premiere of their second production Tulu.

Celebrating the true tale of an Ethiopian Olympic icon, Derartu Tulu, this is an unmissable showcase of superhuman strength. A blend of breathtaking contortion, awe-inspiring acrobatics and mesmerising fire-juggling with a rocking, exuberant soundtrack.

The first circus company created by and for Ethiopian artists, Circus Abyssinia made their UK debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and also featuring on the Royal Variety Performance in the same year. After touring internationally, including a sell-out run in Singapore, they are thrilled to return to London with their greatly anticipated new show.

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Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Venue: Underbelly Festival, Empress Place, Earls Court, London SW6 1TT

Show Booking Period: 21 June 2022 – 16 July 2022

Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon.

From multi-award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre and fresh from complete sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK comes this critically acclaimed hit parody musical. ‘Unfortunate’ splashes into Earls Court this summer for its London premiere – and things are gonna get wet.

Join everyone’s favourite Disney Diva, Ursula, as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, it’s time to take the plunge and dive in to this year’s hottest night out.

Cruella told her side, and Maleficent’s had her moment. Now the legendary queer queen is ready to spill, in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers.


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Booking to 29 July 2022


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Underbelly Festival launches programme for new Cavendish Square home
The Underbelly Festival has announced its new programme of live performances for Summer 2021 - running from 1 July to 26 September 2021. This year Underbelly will be based in Cavendish Square in W1, a stone's throw from Oxford Street. The programme includes cabaret, circus, comedy, variety, podcasts, and family shows for its Spiegeltent, plus a range of street food and summer outdoor bars. See here for UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL SUMMER 2022 line-up and tickets Headlining this year’s festival is the hilarious new cabaret Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground. In a European premiere, the cabaret promises to transport audiences to Bernie’s underground cabaret club where some of the world’s best cabaret acts can be found. TuckShop are also returning to the festival this year. They are the home of UK drag and creators of iconic Underbelly Festival favourites such as Spice Gals and Gals Aloud, as well as West End hit Death Drop. They are returning to the festival with a brand new interactive, retro drag show inspired by everyone’s favourite decade, The Sickening 90s Drag Prom. TuckShop will also run a series of late night Saturday shows and afterparties, plus they will also open the festival with a raucous variety night of drag. Other artists performing during the festival include the king of improvised comedy hip-hop, Abandoman, bringing a high-tech performance. Joining him in the programme are pop parodists’ par-excellence Frisky & Mannish with the final chance to see their hilarious Pop Lab, and cabaret collective The Cocoa Butter Club, who will showcase a brand-new queer burlesque extravaganza. There is also plenty of kids and family entertainment including Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Hotel Paradiso; Guinness World Record holders Lost in Translation with their contemporary circus skills; CBBC's Sam & Mark making their Underbelly debut with On The Road Show; and Basil Brush returning to the Underbelly Festival with his smash hit Family Fun Show, as well as his show for grown-ups only, Unleashed. Other family favourites include comedy star Jarred Christmas and loop station world champion Hobbit with the Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show; West End improv legends The Showstoppers with a musical adventures for kids; stand-up for all ages at Comedy Club 4 Kids; legendary beatboxer and musician Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids; and comedian, musician and YouTuber Jay Foreman and the original dance party for the whole family Baby Loves Disco. Cabaret and variety at this year's Festival features magician Magical Bones, comedians The Thinking Drinkers, vintage jazz from Miss Kiddy and the Cads and Funny Gals, a new show from musical comedy star Vikki Stone, and West End performer Natasha Barnes. One night shows include Denim star and Diary of a Drag Queen author Crystal Rasmussen singing the greats; gender diverse pan-Asian cabaret collective Bitten Peach; zany cabaret BONKERS!; spectacle of non-binary finery The Enby Show; and Bernie Dieter in Konzert, her intimate solo show, a riotous hour of music with her Haus band. Comedy superstars range from Zoe Lyons, and star of last year’s Royal Variety Show Daliso Chaponda, to musical comedy duo Harry and Chris, Goodbear with their Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show Dougal, and Fringe favourites Scummy Mummies, Jarlath Regan with Return of the Craic, and queer women and non-binary comedy collective The LOL Word. Podcast performers playing live include Nobody Panic from Tessa Coates and Stevie Martin; Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) with his cult classic Films to be Buried With; Hannah George, Catie Wilkins and Taylor Glenn seek justice in Drunk Women Solving Crime; James Barr and Dan Hudson appear in A Gay and a NonGay; and Jessica Fostekew welcomes comedy legend Jo Brand and other guests to discuss eating in a live show of Hoovering. Book tickets to Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground Underbelly Festival 2021: List of performers A Gay and A NonGay’s Big Gay Show!Genre: PodcastTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 10 September Abandoman: HotlineGenre: Musical ComedyTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 9 & 10 July Baby Loves DiscoGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 10 July, 25 September Basil Brush’s Family Fun ShowGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 18 September Basil Brush: Unleashed Volume 2Genre: ComedyTime: 7.30pnVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 18 September Bernie Dieter’s Berlin UndergroundGenre: CabaretTime: 7.30pm (Tues – Sat), 7pm (Sun) & 9.15pm (Sat)Venue: The SpiegeltentDates: 28 July – 29 August Bernie Dieter in KonzertGenre: CabaretTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 10 September BONKERS!Genre: CabaretTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 9 September Comedy Club 4 KidsGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 24 August, 26 September Crystal Sings the GreatsGenre: CabaretTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 3 July Daliso Chaponda: LiveGenre: ComedyTime 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 21 July Drunk Women Solving CrimeGenre: PodastTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 17 September Films to Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein – LiveGenre: PodcastTime: 5pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 3 July Frisky & Mannish: PopLabGenre: Musical ComedyTime: 7.30pm (Fri – Sat), 7pm (Sun)Venue: The SpiegeltentDates: 24 – 26 September Funny Gals – Vikki Stone & Natasha BarnesGenre: Musical ComedyTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 14 July Goodbear: DougalGenre: ComedyTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 15 July Harry and ChrisGenre: ComedyTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 8 September Hoovering Podcast Live with Jessica Fostekew and mega guests Jo Brand and MOREGenre: PodcastTime: 5pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 17 July Hotel ParadisoGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 17 & 18 July, 24 & 25 July, 29 July – 1 August, 3 August – 5 August Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting ChildrenGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 31 August Magical Bones: Live & DirectGenre: MagicTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 27 August Miss Kiddy and the Cads – Vintage Takeover!Genre: MusicTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 3 September Nobody Panic – LiveGenre: PodcastTime: 5pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 28 August Return of the CraicGenre: ComedyTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 25 September Sam & Mark’s On The Road ShowGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 7 & 8 August, 10 – 14 August Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for KidsGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 15 August, 19 September Tales from the Bitten PeachGenre: CabaretTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpigeltentDates: 21 & 22 September The Cocoa Butter ClubGenre: CabaretTime: 7.30pm (Fri) & 9.15pm (Sat)Venue: The SpiegeltentDates: 17 & 18 September The Enby ShowGenre: CabaretTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 31 August The LOL WordGenre: ComedyTime: 5pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 18 September The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy ShowGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 11 July The Scummy Mummies ShowGenre: ComedyTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 1 September The Showstoppers’ Kids ShowGenre: FamilyTime: 2pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 3 & 4 July, 4 & 5 September The Sickening 90’s Drag PromGenre: DragTime: 7.30pm (Thurs – Sat), 7pm (Sun) & 9.15pm (Sat)Venue: The SpiegeltentDates: 22 – 25 July and 2 – 5 September The Thinking Drinkers: Pub QuizGenre: ComedyTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 16 July The TuckShop LIVEGenre: DragTime: 7.30pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 1 July Zoe LyonsGenre: ComedyTime: 9.15pmVenue: The SpiegeltentDates: 10 July
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Circus & Comedy Line-up for 10 Year Underbelly Festiva
Circolombia & SOAP join Circus Abyssinia & Circa’s Peepshow as headliners at this year’s Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. Events have been scheduled throughout the summer with: Comedy from Gina Yashere, James Acaster, Nina Conti, Ruby Wax, Sara Pascoe, and Stephen K. Amos & Limmy. Circus, Cabaret & Variety will be provided by Knightmare Live, Frisky & Mannish, and Magical Bones & Jess Robinson. See here for UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL SUMMER 2022 line-up and tickets Celebrating the festivals’ 10th anniversary, in addition to headline shows from some of the finest purveyors of circus in the world, there will be a host of family shows including Metta Theatre’s The Little Mermaid, Dick and Dom, The Amazing Bubble Man, Morgan & West, Funz & Gamez and Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dancehall. Highlights of the exciting festival line-up include the Ethiopian Fringe sensation Circus Abyssinia starring the amazing Bibi and Bichu, who will be joined by the well known circus troupe from Australia, Circa, who bring their brand new extravaganza Circa’s Peepshow (6 April - 20 May). The award winning German production of SOAP brings to the festival a modern twist on the grand tradition of European Circus. With the theme of acrobatics and water combining to create a thrilling and extraordinary visual event brace yourself for mop ballet and bathtub acrobatics. Hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, Circolombia, add to the colourful line-up with a flame filled circus-concert with Latin flavour that joins with a powerful soundtrack some of the world’s best circus performers. In addition to Circus, Comedy will be performed live on the Southbank throughout the Spring and Summer and include, The Daily Show star Gina Yashere (22nd-24 June), Ventriloquist superstar Nina Conti (28th April to 1st July), comic legend Ruby Wax (26th-27 May). Alongside many more of the very best comedians other notable favourites include, Dane Baptiste & Friends (7th July), the awesome Katy Brand (26th April), James Acaster (9th May), Sara Pascoe (19th-20 May), Danny Bhoy (4th June) and Stephen K. Amos (8th June). The directors of Underbelly,Ed Bartlam and Charlie Woods, recently released a joint statement, “we’re celebrating in style with our most exciting programme yet. As well as providing a range of brilliant comedy, cabaret, family entertainment…our headline shows all demonstrate the richness and variety of circus performance all around the world.” Other acts at the festival this year will include, Glasgow’s dark comedy renaissance man Limmy for a screening of his legendary Vines (2nd June), cult interactive gameshow Knightmare Live (17th June & 8 July), Frisky and Mannish (29th May), circus extravaganza Elixir, and impressions from Jess Robinson (31st May & 5th July). The Underbelly Festival, Southbank, close to London’s West End will be on from the 6th April to 30th September 2018.
London Wonderground Expands
Underbelly and the Southbank Centre presents London Wonderground London Wonderground returns for its second year on the South Bank. A summer long festival of the best cabaret, circus and sideshows from around the world will take residence on London’s South Bank from the 24 July. LIMBO continues to headline the Wonderground until the 29 September. London Wonderground returns for its second year, bringing a piece of Coney Island to the South Bank of London. Underbelly and the Southbank Centre will present a summer long festival of the world’s best cabaret, circus and sideshows from the 24 July. The current site will expand once the Udderbelly cow moves to Edinburgh and will embrace the world of the unusual and unique to become the capitals playground. The Wonderground offers live entertainment, fairground rides and outdoor bars, creating an amusement ground to be enjoyed by all on the transformed coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye. LIMBO will continue to headline in the 1920s inspired Spiegeltent until the 29 September. The critically acclaimed show is a heady mix of circus, acrobatics, live music and dance which has been exciting audiences since May. Upcoming season highlights include: BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING: Fresh from glitter bombing the globe, the cult variety show returns to London with a brand spanking new show. Rob Delaney: His Soho Theatre debut last year sold out in one hour, after just one tweet from the man instead. With close to one million followers and named the “Funniest Person on Twitter” he is one of the brightest and most brilliant live stand-ups rounds. He comes to London Wonderground for two nights only. Shlomo: Internationally acclaimed, record breaking human beatboxer and World Loopstation Champion is back with his latest show. Shlomo will also be performing his is ground-breaking award-winning Shlomo's Beatbox Adventures for Kids for 4 shows only in August. Silencio: Prepare yourself for an immersive trip to a parallel world as you enter a silent scene of film, cabaret, disco and live music. The award-winning East End Cabaret are Creative Directors. London Wonderground is part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard this summer until the 8 September. The festival will celebrate neighbourhood in all its meanings and explore what it is to have and be a neighbour. LINKS Book tickets to LIMBO Udderbelly website

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