Underbelly Festival 2021

Underbelly Festival is back, in an exciting new location just around the corner from Marylebone Village…

Underbelly Festival has landed in Cavendish Square, with a spectacular programme of cabaret, circus, comedy, variety, podcasts, and family shows for the Spiegeltent. The festival has all the ingredients for a perfect summer day and night out in the heart of Central London, with a sumptuous array of street food and summer outdoor bars.

Headlining this year’s festival is the hilarious new cabaret and an essential London summer night out, Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground. In its European premiere, be transported to Bernie’s underground cabaret club where some of the world’s best cabaret acts will take you on a journey from edge of your seat thrills to total hysterics and back again in a matter of moments. Joining Bernie in the Spiegeltent is everybody’s favourite Welshman Rhod Gilbert and stand-up legend Marcus Brigstocke.

Other legendary artists include the king of improvised comedy hip-hop, Abandoman, bringing a high-tech performance that sees his off-the-cuff adventures enhanced by green-screen technology and a homecoming performance for Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho, as well as the most supercilious of Frenchmen Marcel Lucont. Joining him in the programme are pop parodists’ par-excellence Frisky & Mannish with the final chance to see their hilarious and sensational Pop Lab, and cabaret collective The Cocoa Butter Club, who will showcase a brand-new burlesque extravaganza flaunting the talents of the best queer performers of colour in the city. 

The adults don’t get to have all the fun though, with the family programme fit to bursting with shows for kids of every age, from the brilliantly funny and Edinburgh Festival Fringe mega hit Hotel Paradiso, from Guinness World Record holders Lost in Translation whose dynamic, theatrical, and contemporary circus skills will have everyone amazed, to a festival debut from CBBC legends and Crackerjack presenters Sam & Mark with On The Road Show and a magical reimagining of Alice in Wonderland with stunning handmade puppets and an original score. Bringing some Boom! Boom! mischief to the square is TV icon Basil Brush with his smash hit Family Fun Show as well as his infamous show for grown-ups only, Unleashed, whilst West End improv favourites The Showstoppers return with a marvellous musical adventure for kids and legendary beatboxer and musician Shlomo returns with his Beatbox Adventure for Kids. 

In addition to this unparalleled summer programme of live entertainment in a fantastic new setting in Cavendish Square, Underbelly Festival offers affordable ticket prices and shows that run for an hour on average (with no intervals), in a performance venue that can be easily adapted to incorporate any necessary social distancing measures or other health safeguards should they be required. Underbelly will be running a COVID safe festival with totally flexible, socially distanced venues and open outdoor areas for food and drink.  

Underbelly is open now until 26th September. Find out more here.


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