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The Glory Weekend - River Stage 2018

The Glory Weekend - River Stage 2018

East London’s alternative cabaret mecca brings a drag-packed tour-de-force of shows, DJs and outrageous fun.

All for FREE. All outside. At the National Theatre's River Stage.


// Friday 13th July //

18.30 — 20.00
Highlights from London’s famous, annual Un-Royal Variety show! Jonny Woo presents a line-up of the capital’s most celebrated underground stars. Cancel all your plans and get yourselves down to the River Stage! Starring: Richard Thomas, Myra Dubois, Mzz Kimberley, Lucy McCormick, Lavinia Co-Op, “The Kate Middleton Choir" and more.

20.00 — 20.30
Razor-sharp high priestess turned pop princess Virgin Xtravaganzah makes her River Stage debut! The gospel according to Virgin is packed with sassy re-workings of pop hits with a celestial twist and show-stopping numbers galore! Her rhyming couplets are on point, and her candle is LIT. Don’s miss this sassy ecclesiastic diva!

20.30 — 21.30
London’s most sensational drag queen contest LIPSYNC1000 created by The Glory, comes out into the open air for this spectacular showcase hosted by John Sizzle! We’ve picked 10 of our best girls from the contest’s last three years - expect MAJOR attitudes, MAJOR LOLZ and prepare yourself for the most action-packed, lip-wagging, wig-flicking hour of your life! LIPS! HIPS! HEELS! ATTITUDE!

21.30 — 22.45
Join drag stars and scene sorcerers for this big queer anthems party at the River Stage - celebrating our diversity and our togetherness - everyone is welcome - we're OUTside the National Theatre, and we're PROUD of our community - There's only one thing to do - PARTY! With special guest DJ Ben Jamin, and a score of fabulous dazzling drag queens!

// Saturday 14th July //

LORRAINE BOWEN 13.00 — 13.45
Join Britain’s Got Talent star, legendary comedy songstress and Casio keyboard maestro Lorraine Bowen for a family-friendly outdoor sing song! Bringing her own brand of British seaside charm, cheeky postcard humour - she’ll be playing her biggest hits including The Crumble Song and Ice Cream Lady.

John Sizzle is serving up Disney Princess realness, spinning all your favourite hits - you SHALL go to the ball! Join The Glory’s Impossible Princess as we gear up for a gorgeous Saturday AFTERNOON outside on the River Stage! The magic starts here...

Cabaret star Baby Lame brings her brand new variety extravaganza - The Poop Show, a family- friendly reworking of her critically-acclaimed underground cabaret revue “Baby Lame’s Sh*T Show".
A show for kids of all ages, expect mayhem, mess and mania, as a cast of London's finest drag artists treat you to jaw dropping performances, games, prizes and comedy cabaret variety.

BIG GAY SONGBOOK 15.30 — 16.30
The Glory’s legendary piano-bar show appears on the River Stage with drag pianist Rudi Douglas and the legendary Jonny Woo, plus special guest Farah. “Singing the songs that make us gay" - From Whitney to Britney via Erasure, Bowie and Madge. A new take on the long lost tradition of round-the-piano pub sing-a-longs, with a contemporary drag twist.

SEX SHELLS 16:30 (Pops Up)
London’s leading LGBT+ sketch comedy troupe Sex Shells will be appearing on the River Stage interspersed throughout the day, in between acts, giving you absurd pop parodies, musical theatre re-writes, trashy celebrities and camp tomfoolery. Starring: Doctor Le Strange, Calum Mac, Dorn Top and ‘That Woman Rosie’

London’s fabulous gay Irish party, bursting with live music and drag LOLZ, hosted by award-winning show-off Xnthony (voted Ireland’s LGBT star of the year) and his side kick glam-puss ANNIE PICS, putting the GAY back into Gaelic! With special guests J’aime Nanci and drag queen Nat West.

JONNY WOO'S “LIZA WITH A Z" 17.50 — 18.50
Get ready for multiple Liza action in this sensational reconstruction of Liza Minelli’s famous TV special, featuring iconic numbers - performed by not one but TEN drag queens - all serving up some serious Liza realness, led by Jonny Woo. Life is a cabaret!

19.00 — 20.30
A Greatest Hits round-up of John Sizzles “Iconic Cabaret” season, fast-becoming an institution in East London. Iconic Cabaret takes a pop icon and builds an ensemble tribute show around them! The result is a joyous milkshake of drag tributes, pop re-working, performance art and dance - allowing fans to indulge in their favourite stars. This time - IT’S ALL ABOUT MADONNA. With special guest A Man To Pet.

Non-stop 80s pop and big party classics play back-to-back at The Glory’s Apocalyptic Anthems Party! Dance outside the National Theatre in the company of London’s hottest club kids and haughtiest drag starlets ... Smoke, lasers, wigs and lashes ... This party has got it all. The world is going to ruin - it’s time to put some more lippy on and keep dancing!

// SUNDAY 15th July //

DRAG LIFE DRAWING 13.00 — 14.30
Draw a drag queen outside The National Theatre darling! A rare opportunity to join fashion illustrator James Davison and oil painter Simon Gray (the folk behind underground life-drawing movement “Sketch Sesh") for this family-friendly outdoor life-drawing class. Fierce, elegant, sassy, deluded - which tributes will your charcoal strokes betray? Loads of fun and basic materials provided. Think ’Watercolour Challenge’ meets ‘Paris Is Burning’

14.30 — 15.30
The world’s Number 1 ecological bearded lady presents her hilarious alt-drag rock n’ roll family show about the taboos of eco-anxiety and reaching peak worry. All beautifully framed in a collection of original, joyously profane and original songs about fatbergs, plastics, eco-woe and other worries.
Don’t miss this irresistible, carbon-neutral, self-suffienct glampuss!

The big finale for this year’s fabulous Glory takeover at the River Stage! This is truly an annual highlight for London’s cabaret circuit - arrive early for the best deckchairs! Jonny Woo and his longtime collaborator and musical accomplice Le Gateau Chocolat join forces to bring you their new international show The Sound of Mus/ca/s!

= ENDS =

Make some time over the weekend to make the most of these amazing FREE outdoor shows. All family friendly and action-packed from London's fabulous entertainment powerhouse THE GLORY!

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