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  • Underbelly and South Bank Centre will host more than sixty of the country’s finest comedy, circus and family shows in the iconic upside-down purple cow and its inimitable surrounds, the pasture.
  •  This year’s Udderbelly Festival kicks off on April 9th and runs until July 19th
Over the past seven years the surefire sign that spring has sprung in London has been the appearance of the unmistakable upside-down purple cow grazing languidly in its chattering pasture on the South Bank of the river Thames.

This year is no different, with Udderbelly Festival 2015 once more on the horizon to help the nation shake off its nasty case of election fever to return some of the country’s finest performers to live entertainment’s real seat of power; the COW-ses of Parliament: 10 COW-ning Street if you like...

The packed programme includes an electrifying headline Circus Season, comprising the wit, fun and world class athleticism of acrobatic superstars A Simple Space, the beautifully intricate synchronicity of Barely Methodical Troupe’s Bromance and pop-scientific juggling hysterics from Circus Geeks in Beta Testing.

The usual deluge of comedy aristocracy descending on the pasture includes Andy Zaltzman (performing a series of Satirist for Hire election specials), Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Katherine Ryan, Luisa Omielan, Stephen K Amos and Jason Byrne.

These stand-up legends will be joined by some of the funniest, weirdest cult, sketch and alternative comedy from sketchiopaths Late Night Gimp Fight, improv hip-hop archetypes Abandoman, puppeteer par-excellence Nina Conti, alt-theatrical sketch maestros Pajama Men, comedy cabaret doyennes Frisky and Mannish, mime-clown-artiste-buffoon Kraken and the sensational, interactive Alan Partridge of kids’ entertainment Phil Ellis’ Funz and Gamez.

The latter will form part of a phenomenal programme of family entertainment from the likes of improve musical megastars Showstoppers, kings of musical variety The Horne Section and artist-comedian Bec Hill in Bec and Tom’s Amazing Laundry.

All of this amazing spring and summer entertainment, along with a mouth-watering menu of food and drink, can be enjoyed at London’s most atmospheric cultural hub, right on the South Bank of the river. Then, come July, when the cow migrates North, Udderbelly Festival will then give way to the insouciant Coney Island dreamscape around the magnificent Paradiso Spiegeltent at London Wonderground.

The full Udderbelly Festival 2015 programme is available at  

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In Person: Southbank Centre Box Office