Udderbelly Festival

Our guide to the south bank's summer-long comedy, cabaret and circus festival

What is the Udderbelly Festival?

Ever wondered what that giant purple cow grazing behind the London Eye is? It's the Udderbelly! Each summer the 400-seat temporary venue provides a vast array of entertainment, from outlandish cabaret to daytime children's shows and the biggest selection of comedy in London.

Beside the big moo is a large outdoor bar and selection of upmarket food stalls which can be enjoyed without a ticket. Plus, next to the upturned cow is another temporary venue – the London Wonderground – a huge spiegel tent playing host to circus, cabaret and much more. What better way to spend the summer?

Who's performing at the Udderbelly Festival?

2015's programme features a massive list of brilliant stand-ups, plus theatre, music, cabaret and kids shows. Highlights include soon-to-be-household name Katherine Ryan, triple Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster, and cult kids' TV series-turned-live show, Knightmare Live

See below for the full list of shows on offer for the 2015 Udderbelly Festival.

When is the Udderbelly Festival?

The Udderbelly Festival runs April 8-July 19 2015.
The London Wonderground runs from May 7-September 27 2015.

What sort of thing can I expect?

People telling jokes and being funny, more or less. Pus lots of circus and cabaret acts. Don't believe us? Here's a highlights package from Time Out Live's opening gala in 2013.

Tickets for this year's Udderbelly Festival are available online here or by phoning 08445 458252.

To get to the Udderbelly Festival, take the Bakerloo, Northern or Jubilee line to Waterloo, take the south bank exit, follow signs to the Southbank Centre, turn left just before Hungerford Bridge and you'll see the Udderbelly on your left in Jubilee Gardens.

Udderbelly Festival's address is: Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.

What's on at the Udderbelly?

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

Critics' choice

Alex Horne's jazz-accompanied comedy-party returns to the Udderbelly, but this time as a quiz show. It's heaps of fun, with games, challenges and nonsense from Horne and his hugely talented band, plus special guest comics accompanied by live music.

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Udderbelly Thursday July 9 2015

Showstoppers – The Improvised Musical

One of the best musical improvisational groups out there. From a handful of suggestions from the audience they create a full-length, hilarious musical. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at.

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Udderbelly Sunday July 5 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Best of the Comedy Store

As the premier name in stand-up comedy, with over 30 years experience in the business, The Comedy Store remains a breeding ground for original comedy talent. See some excellent stand-up line-ups in the massive upside-down purple cow.

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Udderbelly Until Saturday July 11 2015

Comedy in the Dark

Exactly what it says on the tin, this. Comedians perform in total darkness. If they use the fact that the audience can't see what they're up to it can be a hoot. If they just perform their usual sets, well, it's sort of just like listening to the radio.

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Udderbelly Monday July 6 2015
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