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  • Cult German circus show SOAP headlines the Spiegeltent (3 May – 17 June)
  • Comedy includes Nina Conti, Sara Pascoe, Ruby Wax, Ed Gamble, Late Night Gimp Fight & Steen Raskopoulos
  • Cabaret includes House of Burlesque, Fatman Scoop’s Hip Hop Cabaret, Alternative Eurovision & Jess Robinson
  • Nights out with a twist from Massaoke & The Silent Disco Show
  • Family entertainment includes Aliens Love Underpants, Monski Mouse, Amazing Bubbleman & Screaming with Laughter

Underbelly Festival’s 10th year on the Southbank went off with a bang in April with the London premiere of the effervescent, multicoloured Circus Abyssinia, and May looks set to be even more exciting with the opening of the iconic Paradiso Spiegeltent – a West End for the weird and wonderful – on 28 April.

Raising the curtain on this season’s spectacular Spiegeltent programme is House of Burlesque Revue (28 April)

Hot on its heels is SOAP – the iconic German circus extravaganza – which brings together top-quality circus, irreverent humour and a banging soundtrack and drenches the whole thing in water to create a visual feast (and an extra challenge for the performers). Expect mop ballets, bathtub acrobatics and the wettest, most wonderful night out of the year. (3 May – 17 June)

Also hitting the Spiegeltent in May, a deliciously eclectic range of cabaret performances Fatman Scoop’s Hip Hop Cabaret (24 May), acid tongued Northern Diva Myra Dubois (3 May), an Alternative Eurovision that makes the real thing look like the UKIP party conference (11 May) ‘alt-drag rock’n’roll show’ FFS!!! (17 May), The Infinite Narcissism of the Virgin Xtravaganzah (22 May) and grand dame of impressions Jess Robinson with Here Come the Girls (31 May).

As well as top-notch performance, the Spiegeltent will host some of the capital’s finest nights out with a twist, including the ultimate singalong gig Massaoke Club La La (4 May) and The Silent Disco Show (5 May) – which blends the traditional silent disco with extraordinary technicolour visuals and scintillating cabaret and burlesque performances for an interactive performance night out to remember.

In the Belly Theatre Circus Abyssinia runs until 20 May when it will make way for sizzling Latin circus-concert Circolombia (24 May – 14 July) which will infuse world class circus skills into an explosion of Colombian culture.

Comedy highlights in May include giants such as Nina Conti, Sara Pascoe, Ruby Wax and Ed Gamble, as well as the twisted, ludicrous and razor-sharp sketch comedy Late Night Gimp Fight (2 & 18 May), and wildly imaginative, interactive sketch madness from Steen Raskopoulos (4 May)

Family entertainment includes the madcap theatrical adaptation of kids classic Aliens Love Underpants (3-31 May), Southbank institutions Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dancehall (Sundays throughout May) and The Amazing Bubble Man (26-29 May), and the only comedy club where you can bring you baby; Screaming With Laughter (28 May).

All this incredible live entertainment comes at affordable prices – with most tickets under £20 AND 20% off when you book three shows or more – and is set within some of the capital’s best outdoor bars, with a fantastic range of street food and drink available, all of which make Underbelly Festival Southbank the ultimate London day (or night) out.



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