The National Theatre Invites you to a Weekend of Summer Entertainment

Words by
Lee Cassanell

20th July 2022

Eat, dance and make merry on the Southbank this weekend. 


HOME returns to the National Theatre’s River Stage to bring the best of Manchester to the South Bank – with an award-winning line-up of theatre, drag, live music and family shows from Friday 22th to Sunday 24th July.

Opening the weekend with a royal performance on Friday is drag excellence Donna Trump hosting an array of guests to celebrate the summer. DJ Paulette will then set the riverside stage alight with a set of house party disco, funk, boogies and classics from her time at La Discotheque, Glitterbox and Hacienda.

On Saturday, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lakshmi will grace the South Bank with her soulful folk-pop music. Relax and unwind to Steve Varden’s synths and oddball midi-controllers, then join Yemi Bolatiwa and her live band paying homage to hiphop, garage and DnB.Once DJ KhanFu has prepared the dancefloor for funk and breaks, founder and curator of queer DJ Collective, Queer Latifah, DJ Mix-Stress will bring the night to a close with a soulful and uplifting set.

On Sunday, ThisEgg invites you to save the world one bee at time, in a new family comedy Me & My Bee. Meet the next generation of young poets with an afternoon of wonderfully crafted words and lyrical mastery by Young Identity. In a return to River Stage, Beat Chics will close the weekend spinning an all-vinyl eclectic mix of rare disco, global grooves and female fronted gems from around the world.

A selection of markets will also be perched on Southbank alongside the River Stage performance stage, serving up their tasty treats and refreshments. 

This includes Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights from Nazari, Pakistani street eats from Baba Dhaba, even vegan and traditional gelato from Milk Tree, plus more.

There will also be an array of ice cold drinks available, including cocktails from East London Liquor Co, beers from independent South London brewery Gipsy Hill as well as a host of soft drinks from Square Root.