What To See at Underbelly’s London Wonderground
Underbelly’s famous purple tent is a regular fixture on the South Bank, where it hosts an annual summer festival. But this year the live entertainment company is going west, popping up in Earl’s Court as part of London Wonderground.
This will see the former Earl’s Court Two Exhibition Centre come to life with an eclectic programme of circus, comedy and family shows. Open now until 26 September, the event is being billed as a huge summer playground, complete with al fresco bars, street food and vintage fairground rides – alongside a stellar line-up of live performances.
London Wonderground: What To See
Highlights include high-energy shows from The Choir of Man, an all-singing, all-dancing group of nine men, plus nail-biting acts from radical urban circus 360 ALLSTARS and Circus Abyssinia. On the comedy side, meanwhile, Dead Ringers Live – the hit BBC Radio 4 series starring Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, and Duncan Wisbey – will be making their Underbelly debut with a mix of classic sketches and new material. Al Murray will also be in residence with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, alongside comedians Lucy Porter, Harry Baker and Stephen K Amos.
Film fan? Head to the Earls Court Film Festival, which focuses on feature films that have been shot locally in Earl’s Court. A special event on 26 July will showcase the best short films that have been screened at the festival since 2015.
There’s plenty for children, too. Julia Donaldson will be there to bring her beloved stories to life, featuring songs, puppetry and magic plus an appearance from her guitar-playing husband Malcolm. Also joining the line-up is Fireman Sam Live – Saves The Circus, a fun on-stage performance from Sam and the gang. Elsewhere, little visitors can prepare to be wowed by bubble artistry from the Amazing Bubble Man, plus get involved with The Wonder Games with Maddie and Greg, described as ‘the silliest science show around’.
Aside from the theatrical line-up, there’ll be live acoustic music and DJ sets, alongside a city beach – the perfect spot for setting up camp with a drink and pretending you’re on holiday.
London Wonderground is free to enter. londonwonderground.co.uk
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