Watch out for the big purple cow as Udderbelly returns to Southbank

Paul Gustafson March 31, 2016

Udderbelly, the annual festival of contemporary circus, adult comedy and family fun, returns to London’s Southbank for another summer-long series of events.


Things kick off on April 7 with internationally acclaimed circus group, Circa, who’ll be bringing their new show, Closer, to London for the first time. Other headliners include Gobsmacked – an electrifying acapella-beatbox journey through musical history – as well as standout performances from comedy stars Nina Conti, Reginald D Hunter and the brilliantly funny ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin.

Trevor Ashley in Liza's back!
Trevor Ashley in Liza’s back!

From May 5 things by the river will get a little more naughty, sexy and bawdy with the return of Udderbelly’s sister festival, London Wonderground. Eighteen acts have been announced, including legendary Australian drag queen Trevor Ashley, one of the original stars of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Other highlights include the brilliantly Brechtian Tiger Lillies, and, back by popular demand, Twelfth Night …with Comedians.

Amongst the family shows there’s Metta Theatre’s radical new staging of The Jungle Book, which blends street dance, circus and spoken word, and Trash Test Dummies, winners of best children’s presentation at Adelaide fringe.

Udderbelly runs until July 17 and London Wonderground continues till September 25.

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