London Wonderground returns to Southbank Centre in May with new headline show LIMBO

Underbelly Productions, Southbank Centre and Strut & Fret Production House Present
Danik Abishev LIMBO 2013
photo by Che Chorley
London Wonderground at Southbank Centre
  • Creators of the critically-acclaimed CANTINA return to London this summer with their new show LIMBO.
  • Underbelly and Southbank Centre present a second summer of circus inspired entertainment at London Wonderground.
The creative producers and co-director of the critically acclaimed and award-winning CANTINA will return to London’s Southbank Centre this summer with a brand new show, LIMBO. An exotic mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, LIMBO will draw on both magic and music to seduce audiences with a celebration of otherworldly proportions.

Heather Holliday LIMBO 2013
photo by Che Chorley
LIMBO premieres at the Adelaide Festival this February before heading straight to London where it will headline the five-month long London Wonderground Festival from the 7th May. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on the 18th February and general sale on the 19th February.

Presented in the magnificent 1920s inspired Spiegeltent, LIMBO is full of cult couture from a cast of international performers. Music will be a dominating force of the production with New York’s Sxip Shirey composing exclusive music for the show with his ecstatic melodies, irreverent electric-acoustic noise and playful, sexy beats. He will be joined by musicians Grant Arthur and Mick Stuart.
UK illusionist Paul Kieve (Harry Potter, Matilda the Musical, Hugo) will bring mind-blowing theatrical illusions to the production to sit alongside Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday, American acrobat, aerialist, and film stunt Jonathan Nosan, Europe’s gravity-defying Chinese pole master and beatboxer Mikael Bres and Australia’s acrobatic dancing sensation Hilton Denis and hand balancer Danik Abishev.

Welcome to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening. With the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO is boundless.
Scott Maidment, Director of LIMBO and Strut & Fret commented “I’m really excited to bring together this international array of renowned performers and outstanding technical minds to present a thrillingly unique hour of illusion and fun. It’s a delight to be able to share this new production with London audiences after its sell out opening season in Australia".

Danik Abishev, top and
Jonathan Nosan, bottom
 LIMBO 2013
photo by Che Chorley
London Wonderground is the brainchild of Underbelly and Southbank Centre and is jointly presented by both organisations. An amusement ground for the capital, London Wonderground brings a taste of early 20th Century Coney Island to the South Bank situated on the transformed coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: We are thrilled to welcome back London Wonderground, including the beautiful Spiegeltent, to Southbank Centre this summer, as part of our site-wide Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard. Alongside Limbo and other circus and cabaret shows, we will be presenting events including poetry, exhibitions, performances, discussion and art installations created with local, national and international communities.”

London Wonderground is part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard this summer from 4 May to 8 September. The festival will celebrate neighbourhood in all its meanings and explore what it is to have and be a neighbour. Communities who live close by and partners from across the UK and abroad will participate in creating the festival – from nearby Elephant and Castle in South London to young people from Pelhourino in Salvador, Brazil – with a diverse programme of events including poetry, discussion, visual arts, performance and art installations across Southbank Centre’s 21-acre site.


At London Wonderground
Tickets from £10
7th May – 29th September 2013
Age restriction of 15+
To book phone: 0844 545 8282
7.15pm Tuesday to Sunday
3pm Saturday Matinees
9pm performances (INSTEAD 7.15pm) on 4th, 5th & 6th September

Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre                            
20th April to 14th July
Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard
4thMay to 8thSeptember 2013
London Wonderground                                  
7th May to 29th September 
Booking information        
Tel: 0844 545 8282